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Decision time for controversial village green development
IT is D-Day today for a controversial “village green” development of 39 houses in a quiet Hampshire community.
They are targeted at those struggling to get their foot on the property ladder, families and pensioners.
Some 21 of them will be three-bedroom “starter homes”, another 16 three and two-bedroom houses aimed at older people wanting to downsize and there will be two four -bedroom properties for families.
Proposals for Morleys Green also include a 2.8 acre public open space along with allotments with 22 plots. There will also be a footpath/cycle path along the A3090 and two meeting rooms added to the village hall, plus a 21-space car park on land around the back.
Test Valley Borough Council planning officers are recommending that councillors on the southern area planning committee grant planning permission for the development.
The plans have also won support from Ampfield Parish Council, which has praised the architecture, but are calling for residents with a strong family or job connection with the village to be allowed the low cost housing first.
Romsey and District Society is also backing the plans, welcoming the allotments and hoping that it will boost the community and primary school.
But the borough council has been flooded with at least 30 letters voicing opposition.
Among the objections are that the village will be spoilt by the extra homes and the new 800 home housing estate in Abottswood is meeting current housing demand.
Others worries are about increasing traffic along the already busy A3090.
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