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They've battled for 13 years but tonight campaigners have lost their fight to stop 2 thousand new homes being built in their community.
The scheme at Barton Farm - on the outskirts of Winchester - has been approved at appeal - after the threat of a legal challenge by the developer Cala Homes. This from Kerry Swain.
Reaction continues to the news that the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has given approval to the development of 2,000 new homes at Barton Farm, Winchester.
The CALA Group says that in its plans 40% (800) of the properties will be affordable housing, with supporting infrastructure and associated community facilities to help meet the city's housing needs.
VIDEO: Steve Brine, Conservative MP for WInchester, is angry over the plans for 2,000 houses at Barton farm, to the north of the city.
The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government today announced his decision to approve the appeal by Cala Homes to build 2,000 homes at the Barton Farm site to the north of Winchester.
Winchester City Council rejected the planning application in 2010 on the grounds that it was premature, stating that there was little evidence to suggest that the housing need and lack of development had reached the levels required to release this site.
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Reaction continues to the Communities Secretary's decision to approve plans for 2,000 new homes at Barton Farm in Winchester.