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Gypsy site application causes concern in Ampfield
VILLAGERS are to be consulted about a scheme to site six gypsy homes on agricultural land at Ampfield.
Parish council bosses plan to stage a public meeting to gauge residents’ views on the proposals, but opposition to Maurice Black’s plans south of the A3090 at Ampfield Hill is already mounting.
Borough planners have received the application from Green Planning Solutions, who are acting as agents for Mr Black.
Ampfield Parish Council chairman, Dr Margaret Rothwel,l said: “A substantial number of people have already drawn the planning application to our attention. We will be holding a public meeting about this at a date yet to be fixed.
“We plan to consult the parish about the plans and get people’s views before commenting to Test Valley Borough Council. Comments have to be in by August 29, so the parish council will be asking TVBC for an extension of time to comment on the application. People should keep an eye on the parish council’s website for details about the public meeting.”
Mr Black’s agents, Green Planning Solutions, claim the six residential family gypsy pitches, each with a mobile home, touring caravan and a utility day-room, are needed to meet a recognised need in the area enabling them to facilitate a gypsy lifestyle.
The 0.61-acre site is bounded in the north by the A3090 Romsey to Winchester road and agricultural land to the west, east and south. Screening of the site is also planned and access will be via an existing track off the A3090.
Borough planners have received a number of online objections to the scheme.
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