Traffic fear as Rowlands Castle homes plan gets green light

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to build homes on a former brickworks have been approved.

Councillors at East Hampshire District Council voted by 10 votes to one in favour of building 34 homes on land east of College Close, Rowlands Castle.

Villagers 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.

But it is still not certain whether the Keyline development will take place.

John Pickering, chairman of Rowlands Castle Parish Councl, was worried about extra traffic on the road and possible conflict between HVGs and cars. He said he was concerned that residents’ views were being ignored.

He said: ‘They are behaving, more or less, that everything has to be approved.’

The council argues homes are needed and they will go towards its 150-home target.