Developers who want to build on Hawley Park Farm will not need to submit an environmental impact assessment, Hart District Council has decided.

Property developer Lightwood Strategic wants to build 126 homes on land to the north of Fernhill Lane to respond to an “identified housing need in Hart”.

Planning consultants Pegasus sought permission from the council in May to find out whether an environmental impact statement (EIA) should be submitted with a formal planning application.

Following a three-week delay and a large number of objections from residents, the council has announced that an EIA is not needed, meaning the applicant is a step closer to submitting its plans.

Daryl Phillips, corporate director and monitoring officer at the council, said: “In practice it falls well below the government’s indicative threshold of 1,000 new homes.

“Whilst an EIA is not required in this instance it does not mean that environmental considerations will not be taken into account.

“It simply means that for the purpose of the EIA regulations, it does not meet the test set out in the regulations.”

This week Pegasus sent out letters to residents informing them of a public exhibition on the plans to take place on Wednesday July 2 at Holy Trinity Church, Fernhill Road, Blackwater, from 3pm until 7pm.

For more on this story, see this week's Yateley News & Mail, out on Thursday June 26.