THE result of public consultations for the preferred site for new homes in Kings Worthy and Headbourne Worthy has been announced.

The parish council said that the site off Lovedon Lane, behind Loader Close, seems to be the preferred option by local people.

Other proposals included land off Hookpit Farm Lane or the wooded area near the Cart and Horses junction.

The latest parish council newsletter read: “In order to preserve the strategic gap with Abbots Worthy, councillors have met the landowners to see how we could ensure that the whole of the remaining field comes into public ownership. A compromise, to have 50 homes on the site, appears the best way of achieving this.

“It is possible that some development may encroach upon the edge of the bottom football pitch at Eversley Park. In exchange we would expect at least a replacement pitch on the remaining field.”

They say the issues will be subject to further public consultation, including the possibility of community orchards, allotments and a country park, and more information will be available from autumn onwards.