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Local mums in uproar over hundreds of new homes in Fleet

Elvetham residents

6:00am 11th January 2017
(Updated 4:28pm 11th January 2017)

A group of local mums are fighting the development of hundreds of new homes on their doorstep in Fleet.

Hart District Council is looking at building 700 residential dwellings.

The 146 acre site, known as Elvetham Chase, sits to the north west of Fleet and is fully contained between the M3, Fleet Road, the railway line and the river Hart. 

The development forms a natural second phase to the previous Calthorpe Estate scheme of Elvetham Heath.

Wates Developments say it presents an opportunity to deliver 700 homes, 280 of which will be affordable, along with a much needed new primary school site.

But campaigners argue the homes won't be affordable, and they're on greenbelt land. 

They say the first they heard of development was from a leaflet through their letterbox just before Christmas.

A public consultation ends today.

Katie Davies is a resident of Elvetham Heath. She said: "Put it in the right place. There are bronfield sites available - please don't build on our precious green spaces is what our plea is."

"There is no development plan for this area, which is really quite shameful..

...so what we're seeing is a lot of opportunistic developers moving in and wherever there are spare plots of land, building houses.

"These are not affordable houses."

"The road systems are already highly congested. It poses a significant risk to children who are walking to and from school..

"And as parents we have a reasonable expectation that we should be able to walk to school.

"Fleet has two good schools but actually they're at capacity now and there's no plans to expand them now."

Emma Gruenbaum for Wates Developments said: “As a family run business committed to communities and place-making, we really appreciate the time the community has given in discussing the proposals and providing input, we are now delighted to bring forward this high quality, semi-rural scheme.

"We believe that Elvetham Chase will make a significant contribution to delivering Hart District Council’s housing supply requirements, with the first homes being ready for occupation in 2019. 

"In addition it will generate millions of pounds in contributions to be spent on improvements to the local transport network, on school places and many other local community facilities."

A local resident commented: “I support this development. Those concerned with infrastructure, schools, traffic, noise, surgeries, cycle paths, etc these are all things that can be improved if you make your concerns known to the council.

"You took the time to object to this development - but have you ever raised your concerns about all the other things before? I think not or things would be better already.

We need more housing. Its a desperate situation."

We contacted Hart District Council but they wouldn't comment. 

Have your say on the proposals here.


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