PLANNERS have moved to allay concerns of yet another potential housing development.
Residents fear developers want to build on a field off Lovedean Lane in Horndean – when four major developments are already in the pipeline.
Rumours are rife that up to 85 homes will be built on the site, opposite the entrance to James Copse Road.
No planning application has yet been submitted by the owners.
Last night more than 100 residents met councillor Ken Moon, chairman of East Hampshire’s planning committee, and Andrew Biltcliffe, head of planning, at Jubilee Hall in Horndean.
Residents fear they are being kept in the dark. Concerns include an increase in traffic and the impact on existing properties if any development went ahead.
Mr Biltcliffe says developers would have to engage with residents early on and take their concerns on board.
He explained the government’s planning inspector made the area a reserve housing site in 2006. But in 2008 that was upgraded meaning it can be built on.
Mr Biltcliffe said: ‘We have been lumbered with it really.
‘We now understand the landowners may be looking to put in an application so we have put together a design brief which gives more detail and takes into account the valuable comments local people have raised.
‘It’s about flooding, highways, landscaping – how any developers, if they do come forward, must take into account these very significant issues.’
Cllr Moon said: ‘We as a district council – as a district – didn’t want this site to come forward because we didn’t believe it was a prudent site to put forward for development.
‘Unfortunately the previous government insisted through their inspectorate that is was put down as an allocated site.
‘The important thing is you need a vehicle to express your concerns and issues.
‘Fortunately the parish council have recognised these issues.’
Nearby developments include Dukes Meadow, Waterlooville, Woodcroft Farm, Lovedean, Gales Brewery and Keydell Nurseries.