Housing secretary rejects 700-home planning appeal fearing dog walkers would damage protected area

Plans for 700 homes and a primary school in Hampshire have been dismissed over concerns that residents and their pets could negatively impact breeding bird species in a protected area.

The secretary of state for Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Robert Jenrick, dismissed the appeal earlier this week, in line with recommendations from the planning inspector.

The 59-hectare development, north west of Fleet, was initially rejected by Hart District Council last year, but Wates Developments Ltd appealed. The appeal was subsequently recovered by MHCLG under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

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