PLANS to build houses on a piece of precious Petersfield open space have again reared their head, following a planning appeal. Developer Hartnell Estates has appealed against the decision of East Hampshire District Council (EHDC) to reject the erection of six terraced houses at Borough Hill. The land, used by children of all ages as a play area, boasts one of the finest unobstructed views to Butser Hill. With a playground next to the proposed site, locals aim to protect the land, hoping to see it designating as a village green. More than 70 people objected to the original scheme – many of them parents of children who use the area regularly – and EHDC planning officers saw fit to reject plans on 11 counts. With Hartnell Estates' decision to appeal the decision something of a blow for locals, they have rallied together to arrange a community picnic to demonstrate the value of the land in its current condition. Danielle Marsh, who lives Borough Hill, said: "We are arranging a community picnic partly as an event for the community, and also in support to prevent any building on the hill. "The developer has appealed EHDC's decsion recently, and we want people to know that it really is one of the most beautiful spots in Petersfield, with unobstructed views to Butser Hill. "It is a large green space for children in a dense housing area . We need space for children. It is just as well used by older children, who don't make a fuss or noise and it most definitely needs to stay," she said. The protest picnic takes place on Saturday, July 26, from noon to 2pm. "We are hoping to provide good, traditional entertainment, with a green theme," Mrs Marsh continued. "If possible, we would like people to walk or cycle there, and the entertainment – which includes a storyteller, a band, face-painting, and a juggler – will not cost anyone anything." If anyone who has not already done so wishes to comment about the planning appeal, please contact The Planning Inspectorate Environment Team, Room 4/04 Kite Wing, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN quoting reference APP/M1710/A/08/2076774, by July 23.