Objections have been piling in after a housing developer proposed more than fifty new homes off Petersfield’s Causeway.

Thakeham Homes wants to squeeze the development into space behind existing houses on The Causeway and Larcombe Road.

But the South Downs National Park Authority objects on both landscape and design grounds. And they’re not the only ones.

Petersfield Society says the development lacks local design references and misses an opportunity to link-up cycle paths.

The plan. Image: Thakeham Homes


The residents of a property called Landpits which borders the site don’t like it either. They say the development would have a detrimental effect on the setting and significance of their listed home and claim the plans fail to acknowledge the provenance of the historic Landpits Lane.

Kathryn Stevens says the land is too wet to build on and Louise Adlam suggests the plan would be overdevelopment – and she’s worried about bats.

What happens next

A decision won’t be made by the South Downs Planning Committee before the eighth of June at the earliest.

See the application

You can read about Thakeham’s proposals and see all the correspondence relating to this case on the South Downs website.