PLANS for 90 homes to be built in Whitchurch were given the green light last week.

An application to build the development in Bloswood Lane was approved by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s (BDBC) development control committee on December 6.

The plan, submitted by Bewley Homes plc, was approved by members following amendments being made to conditions within the report. The plan includes the construction of up to 90 houses, with car parking, open spaces, and new access for vehicles and pedestrians in Bloswood Lane.

Andy Morris, land director at Bewley Homes, said at the meeting: “We pride ourselves on building high-quality developments which complement the communities that they join and provide places where people want to live.

Overall, the development will provide good pedestrian and cycle routes, within the site as well as links to the wide public right of way network.

“The proposals provide for up to 90 homes, of which 36 would be of affordable tenure.

“We consider that the application proposal complies fully with relevant planning policy criteria and will deliver a high quality scheme that is appropriate to the surrounding area.”

Ward councillor for Whitchurch, Keith Watts, spoke of his approval for the plans. At the meeting, he said: “The last affordable home to be built in Whitchurch was built by Bewley Homes and it was occupied by a tenant in 2008.

“Since then, Whitchurch has had no affordable new homes, so we must have these, and we must have the 40 per cent of the local connection.

“It is very important that the local connection is to ensure that there are houses where Whitchurch people need them. So please support this application.”

Whitchurch Town Council outlined its objections in the report presented to the committee, including the infrastructure is already under pressure from developments that are currently underway in the area. They also argued it did not take into account for a 100 home development in Winchester Road.