PLANS for a new taxpayer-funded development which could regenerate a part of Wickham have been unveiled.

The government’s affordable housing supplier Homes England (formerly Homes and Communities Agency) have revealed plans for more than 200 homes and the creation of 58.7ha of open space at the Knowle Water Meadows near Ravenswood House Hospital in Knowle.

Councillor Angela Clear, chairwoman of Wickham Parish Council, said: “[The council] supports the plans in principle. We are holding another round of consultations to give residents their say on how the proposals could be shaped.”

A Homes England spokesperson added: “We are currently undertaking a consultation to build 200 new homes and green open space at Knowle House Meadows.

“We are now looking to engage with the local community to explore the proposals in more detail than before.”

However, James Wilson, a town planner from the village, said: “These plans are absolutely ludicrous. How can you justify having this development when there is going to be more than 6,000 homes very close by.

“We are turning the area into a urban sprawl.”

The plans are currently being run in consultation with Wickham Parish Council, Winchester City Council and the Wickham Community Land Trust.

The land was previously owned by Graham Moyse who came up with an idea to create a new public open space and new homes on the site back in 2014 but no plans formally came forward and the site was sold to Homes England.

Residents will be able to have their say on the proposals tomorrow an event between 3pm and 7:30pm in Knowle Village Hall.

Tours of the site are also taking place and will leave Knowle Village Hall on the hour between 10am and 1pm on both Friday, February 2 and Saturday, February 3.