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Planners reconsider homes proposal
5:10am Thursday 28th June 2012 in News
WINCHESTER planners have had to re-consider plans for new homes on a farmyard, after failing to take account of the impact on a tenant farmer.
The city council had approved last December a scheme for a gated estate of eight homes at Church Farm, Sparsholt, but they had to revive the scheme after farmer Sarah Osmond said the demolition of three barns and the conversion of a fourth would harm her arable and sheep agricultural business, based at Church Farm.
Her position had not been considered when the plans were approved last year, the planning committee heard.
A report to the committee said Mrs Osmond could use buildings at her father’s nearby Moor Court Farm.
The housing plans were proposed by local landowner the Trustees of D Martineau Will Trust Bill Lynds, planning barrister at the council, said nothing about the application had changed but that the council should have considered the impact on Mrs Osmond.
The committee voted by eight to none, with one abstention, to again approve the scheme.