Traffic concerns over housing proposals

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a housing development in the heart of a village are set to be given the green light.

Councillors have been recommended to approve plans by Bargate Homes for 34 homes on land east of College Close, Rowlands Castle.

Villagers have raised concerns about safety and traffic because the development would share the access to Redhill Road with another housing development of 43 homes – approved at a public inquiry last year for Keyline Builders’ Merchant site.

Rowlands Castle Parish Council is objecting.

A submission by the parish council that is included in the planning report states: ‘This site was rejected as a potential reserve site by the planning inspector because of doubts about the stability of the land.

‘Many of the houses in College Close which adjoin the site have suffered severe problems of subsidence.’

The report adds: ‘The new application would at least double the peak-hour traffic on the access road.

‘Part of the road is a public bridleway designated as the Shipwrights Way and Staunton Way and so it is also used by walkers, cyclists and horses.’

In total, 38 letters of objection have been sent to East Hampshire District Council.

Officers say the development would go towards the village’s target of 150 new homes. A decision will be made on Thursday at 6pm at the council in Petersfield.