ANGRY residents having to put up with nearly 300 homes being built along their narrow country lane are fighting plans for even more.
People in Holt Lane, Hook, already face 290 houses being built by Wimpey but now they are protesting about plans to demolish The Holt, a Grade II listed building, and replace it with more homes.
“Hook is already at bursting point with no extra schools or facilities being provided,” warned Paul Taylor, who has a four-month-old daughter and lives opposite the proposed site.
“We have lived here for nearly two years and in that time we have seen the lovely Holt Lane and the surrounding countryside turned into a massive building site.
“The developer has cashed in enough with the Wimpey development, taking acres of our countryside away from us, and providing major traffic problems.
“I cannot believe anyone can try and build on an already overbuilt, little country lane — one of the few left in Hook.”
Mr Taylor pointed out there was only one turning off the A30 for the new homes and that is Holt Lane. “It is not only dangerous but scandalous,” he warned.
“Sadly Hook is a village that is being built up to the point of extreme. Enough is enough.”
Scores of residents have already fired off objection letters about the new development plan to Hart Council.
One resident of nearby Apple Tree Mead said he bought his house three years ago for several reasons, one being that The Holt was a listed building that could not be altered.
“I had a beautiful view of the building and the land which normally contained horses but since the recent development of the Wimpey site in Holt Lane, the beautiful rural setting has been seriously tarnished,” he said.
“When I drive up the lane I am disrupted by the constructor’s traffic, temporary traffic light systems and the worry of what the future holds for Holt Lane once the site is completed.
“Why do we have to have more houses built in Holt Lane? Surely the hundreds that are being built on the Wimpey site are enough.
“If the new houses on the other side of The Holt are approved, traffic along the single-track lane would increase significantly.
“I regularly walk my 17-month-old daughter along this part of the lane. The proposed access appears to have poor visibility for drivers turning right and I do not want my daughter or anyone else getting run over.
“The Holt and its grounds provide a natural barrier between the Wimpey development and the rural area.
“To approve the application for more houses will destroy this balance along with a listed building of special interest.”