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Call for help in saving Andover's countryside
9:49am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A DOZEN residents of a mobile home park on the edge of Andover are calling on the borough council and Sir George Young for help in saving local countryside and stopping their dreams of a peaceful retirement from turning into a nightmare.
Instead of spending their golden years in a tranquil location surrounded by nature, residents of Harewo o d Park face being surrounded by a new housing development after a Government h o u s i n g i n s p e c t o r overturned a decision of the council’s p l a n n i n g department.
Test Valley planning officials and council members both agreed that the additional 150 houses at Harewood Farm, in London Road, should be refused but the inspector took another view on appeal.
One objector, Paul East, said: “Inevitably new builds go on all the time, but hasn’t Andover now had more than its fair share without building all over yet more green fields? One of the main reasons we all moved here is the peace and quiet, and seeing the natural beauty of our wildlife at first hand.
“This will all disappear if this p r o p o s a l goes ahead.
“ W e a l r e a d y have disturbances from a convoy of l o r r i e s going up and down the Ox Drove with the developments at Picket Piece.”
Some residents are also worried about security and are ready to erect the necessary fences when the influx of population arrives.
The local council says it is still considering its position in relation to this application.
MP Sir George Young said: “Paul East has been in touch, and I am getting hold of the inspector’s report to see why the appeal was allowed.
“In the meantime I can only say that I understand his concern and that
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