Plans submitted for 43 homes on the redevelopment of Rowlands Castle industrial site

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PLANS have been submitted for the demolition of an industrial site and the building of 43 new homes in the heart of Rowlands Castle.

Developer Explore Living has applied to East Hampshire District Council to redevelop the Travis Perkins site, off Redhill Road.

The site is currently home to Keyline Builders Merchants and distribution centre CCF Limited.

If approved, Travis Perkins would relocate and 43 two, three and four bedroom houses would be built on the site with new landscaping.

The plans have had a mixed response from villagers.

Some see the development as a welcome end to noisy lorries trundling through the village, while others see it putting more strain on the Rowlands Castle’s roads and infrastructure.

Marge Harvey, local councillor, said: ‘I think the village will be split.

‘It will stop the big lorries which has caused a great deal of problems.

‘But on the other hand it also brings a lot of cars.

‘It’s also another 43 houses which puts a strain on the doctors’ surgery and things like that.

‘We already have houses on the go at the Oaklands site and we have the Keydell application and the crematorium. Rowlands Castle seems to be under a lot of strain at the moment.’

John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Council, added: ‘We need much more information about the proposals for the ownership and management of the rest of the area.

‘There’s a lot of other land and countryside attached to that site at the moment.’

He said many people living close to the Travis Perkins site would welcome less traffic and noise.

But he added: ‘On the other hand would 40 properties generate more traffic than we currently have at the moment?’

Developers say the site would provide 77 car parking spaces and they propose to reduce the width of the Redhill Road junction to help pedestrians crossing the road. They also want to build a children’s playground.

A planning report from Explore Living Plc and Keyline Builders Merchants Ltd states: ‘The proposal will bring significant planning benefits to the area including reduction in heavy vehicular movements through the settlement, efficient use of a brownfield site to provide high quality energy-efficient housing and public amenity space within an attractive setting.’

A final decision will be made over the coming months.