Ukip launches campaign against greenfield housing developments in Hampshire

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BUILDING large developments on greenfield sites should end, Hampshire’s Ukip party has said.

It has launched a campaign called HALT – which stands for Hampshire Against Land Threat.

The party argues the proposed 100,000 new homes across the county will worsen the quality of life for residents.

Supporting the campaign is Hayling Ukip Councillor John Perry, who will fight in the Havant general election next May.

He said: ‘We are struggling with infrastructure at the moment.

‘What we find in Hampshire is a mass building campaign essentially on greenfield sites across the whole county.

‘With Hampshire’s infrastructure budgets being cut, not just for the county council but also local councils, the building of homes on greenfield sites is putting too much pressure on infrastructure like schools, health services and roads.’

Several greenfield sites in the Havant area have already been developed and Welborne, north of Fareham, is set to take 6,500 homes.

But Cllr Perry said: ‘We believe we should focus on brownfield sites.

‘We don’t support mass house building on greenfield sites. We want it diverted to brownfield sites with sufficient infrastructure that comes online as the houses come online.’

Cllr Perry said the focus was not immigration, but cited that 250,000 people were migrating into the UK each year which means 100,000 new homes are needed.

He said: ‘It’s always a supply and demand situation. You either increase the supply or your reduce demand.’

Conservative Cllr David Guest, who heads planning in Havant, disagreed with the party’s viewpoint.

He cited the council’s Local Plan – which outlines exactly where the 6,300 new homes can be built in the borough – and was agreed after years of consultation.

He said: ‘I don’t think too many homes are being built. I think the right number of homes are being built in accordance with our Local Plan.’

He added: ‘Would they rather the people were homeless or sleeping in the park? It’s all very well for these comfortable people who are living in a house that was once a green field to say no more houses, but that’s not practical.’