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19/05/2014

Development on greenfield site 'will protect wildlife'

Words: Helen Bird
Dunsbury Hill Farm

Work on a new industrial development in Hampshire is set to begin, on a site that has been named one of the county’s “last substantial green areas”.

Industrial sites and offices will be built on Dunsbury Hill Farm in Havant.
 
Portsmouth City Council said it would re-home the protected wildlife currently inhabiting the site, including badgers, dormice and water voles.
 
Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust said it hoped the council would “live up to their word”.
 
The trust said it initially opposed the plans, since there was “little certainty” over safeguarding wildlife, but that the terms of the planning decision gave the reassurance it asked for.
 
Other objections to the plans, which were approved by Havant Borough Council last year, included the loss of trees, the impact on a nearby Site of Special Scientific Interest and traffic pollution.
 
Photo: A J Parker

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