A Liphook councillor is warning that sites for more houses could be earmarked for parts of the village inside the South Downs National Park.
The warning from Hampshire County Council member for Liphook Debbie Curnow-Ford comes as the park launches an appeal for potential development land to be nominated.
Cllr Curnow-Ford was appointed the county council’s South Downs National Park Authority representative in May and once trained will join the national park planning committee. She said: “This call for sites by the South Downs National Park could impact on Liphook if developers put forward sites in the parts of the village inside the park.
“But I understand the national park may be looking for only small sites, but bigger pieces of land can obviously be put forward as well.”
The appeal is part of a review of the national park’s Local Plan and as part of the process it is calling for new sites that could be developed to be put forward.
One such site in both the village and the national park is the controversial Bohunt Manor land off Portsmouth Road for which developers have so far failed to gain permission to build hundreds of houses.
The village is divided by the national park boundary, with part of it inside it and part of it outside. So far hundreds of new houses have been built in the part of the village outside the national park, with only a few built inside it.
The call for sites is part of a review of the national park’s Local Plan – a process required by law to ensure it is up to date.
South Downs National Park Authority planning policy manager Lucy Howard said: “We’re launching our call for sites as part of the review, which government requires us to do every five years.”
The draft review will go through two rounds of public consultation and then be examined by the government’s Planning Inspectorate.
It is hoped this will be completed by 2025 so the new document can be formally adopted.