Residents bemoan plans to build 100 homes in Rowlands Castle

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RESIDENTS say they are worried by plans to build about 100 new homes in a village.

Planning consultants Matplan last night displayed artwork to show how development could look on land at Oaklands House, in Redhill Road, Rowlands Castle.

The consultants are working on behalf of the landowner, who plans to build around 100 homes on the site.

As reported, the site was earmarked for housing by East Hampshire District Council for many years, but was opposed by residents over fears of losing green space, and flooding and traffic problems.

But approval was given to Taylor Wimpey, which is building 47 homes.

This latest development focuses on land at Oaklands House, off Whichers Gate Road and Redhill Road.

Matthew Utting is the director of Matplan.

He said: ‘This is a residential scheme, underpinned by the environment.

‘We have studied the area and identified areas for development, and those that may not be suitable. We have brought these proposals forward for people to see.

‘As well as the housing, we have also taken into consideration the infrastructure, such as footpaths and cycle paths, and road access.

‘We had quite a few people come along, so we’re looking forward to reading their comments, and to see if there are things that could be changed, if possible.’

The consultation took place at The Church on the Green, in Redhill Road.

Pamela Winn, 72, of Hillbrow Close, came to view the plans and said: ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea, as we already have a lot of affordable housing in the village.

‘We are gradually becoming a suburb of Havant, and traffic is building up.

‘During rush hour there are already problems in Redhill Road – and that’s before the extra housing has come into play.’

And these fears were echoed by education consultant Prue Amner.

The 72-year-old of The Drift said: ‘The first development is behind my house, and I’m concerned about this one.

‘There’s an acceleration of the loss of green land between Rowlands Castle and Havant in a very rapid time.’

A second consultation takes place tonight in St John’s Primary School, between 6pm and 9pm.