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PEOPLE living next to fields have objected to plans for more than 200 homes to be built on the land.

Taylor Wimpey has applied for permission to build 206 homes on land to the south of Peters Road in Park Gate.

There have been several large-scale attempts in the past to develop the site, stretching back to 1998.

In November 2008, permission was granted for 307 homes on a larger part of the site, but it has yet to be acted on, and the permission will expire later this year, unless work starts soon.

The most recent application was in May 2012, when one for 215 homes was rejected by Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee.

Nine residents have written to the council objecting – with the need for a second road, the impact on wildlife and the loss of privacy proving to be key concerns.

Ward councillor Brian Bayford said: ‘There’s still this outstanding application for the 307 units, which could still be acted on.

‘There was also an application from a local developer that was given permission for 49 units at the western end of this site. They made a start on site, but then Taylor Wimpey came along and bought the site off them.

‘I have had a fair bit of correspondence about it, some residents want to see a secondary access on Lockswood Road, but there are sound geographic reasons why there shouldn’t be.

‘Other have been concerned about the section 106 money and not unreasonably want to know if it could be used to improve the roads.’

The site has been identified in the council’s local plan – the document that sets out guidelines for the future of the borough – as designated as for housing

Cllr Bayford added: ‘It is a complex site, but one has to accept that it has been identified for development and something will go there.

‘It’s up to us on the planning committee to make sure it’s the most appropriate use of that site. By my measure, even with those 49 houses, there’d still be a lot fewer units on the site than the 307.’

The 206 properties would include a mix of two and three storey buildings, with 126 houses and 77 flats. Main access to the new estate would be off Lockswood Road.

A report by the council’s planning officer recommends approving the proposals..

The meeting is tomorrow from 2pm.