PLANNERS have revealed that they want to see major expansion of Alresford onto farmland to the east of the market town.

A public meeting attended by some 80 people last night heard the city and town councils believe some 320 new houses should be built on fields off Sun Lane.

Industry would relocate from The Dean to a new site with access off the A31. The freed-up town centre land could then be used for housing including a nursing home.

But Perins secondary school will now stay on its current site on Pound Hill instead of relocating as previously suggested, Steve Opacic, head of strategic planning told the meeting at Alresford Recreation Centre.

Mr Opacic said the growth was the best way of stopping the town becoming an elderly dormitory and preserving the shops, schools and services.

He said the Government wanted 500 new houses in the town by 2031 and a small site for travellers to be provided.