Mixed result for housing objectors

RESIDENTS hoping to block a pair of housing developments within yards of each other had mixed success.

One scheme at Bull Lane in Waltham Chase was rejected unanimously by planners after they visited the site.

However, a separate project on the other side of the road received the green light.

Both schemes came before Winchester City Council’s planning committee on January 31.

One of which, to replace a bungalow called Lawsonia with eight homes, was well known to members. They had rejected two previous schemes to redevelop the site in 2007.

The second project, to build 11 homes in the back gardens of three detached properties across the street, was a new proposal.

With both applications, planners decided that they wanted to visit Bull Lane before making a decision.

A sub-committee went to Waltham Chase last Friday (February 22) to inspect the area. Its members then headed to the nearby village hall to make a decision.

The meeting heard that 35 letters of objection were received about the bungalow proposal, and 30 in regards to the back gardens’ plan.

Residents’ representative, Lorrie Smith, added that the actual level of opposition was higher, with more than 400 people against the schemes.

Shedfield Parish Council spokesman, David Ogden, also expressed concerns.

Planners dealt with the scheme to build in the back gardens first, which was submitted by the Heritage Property Group.

Councillors felt that trying to place 11 homes on the site would result in the layout being too cramped.

They also raised concerns that it would damage the street scene, and voted unanimously to throw out the plans.

The bungalow scheme from Foreman Homes was then discussed.

Shedfield Parish Council argued that the scheme would be out of character and cause traffic problems.

However, the sub-committee decided that it was better than the previous two applications, and could go ahead.

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