LATE changes to a crucial blueprint could lead to a "free for all" for developers in and around Petersfield.

That's the concern of town councillors, who fear a change in wording could leave the next Local Plan open to abuse.

An inspector wants the plan to state that a minimum of 700 houses should be built in Petersfield over the next 15 years.

The 700-home figure was initially set as a maximum target for the town by East Hampshire District Council following months of research.

So the fact that the inspector wants to change the wording has set alarm bells off with many residents and councillors.

Members of Petersfield Town Council have believe the suggested wording is ambiguous and could lead to a development free for all.

For full story, see this week's Petersfield Herald.