Treloar Meadow, in Alton, Hampshire (locally known as The Butterfly Meadow) is destined for housing development, despite numerous valid objections!

Located on the former Treloar Hospital site, the meadows are to form part of a 280-home development (part of the South Alton Plan) which will not only breach the Alton skyline but leave just a small area of land to be handed over and managed by Alton Town Council as a ‘country park‘.

For over a century, this land has been a haven for threatened species of orchids, moth and butterflies. The meadows also house an iconic Victorian water tower and back onto the ancient Alexandra Wood (named after Queen Alexandra) providing a valuable wildlife corridor for badgers, owls, roe deer and numerous other species.
This development is going ahead, despite the objections of local residents, Butterfly Conservation, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust and local celebrity wildflower enthusiast Alan Titchmarsh, who have all voiced their concerns to the local planning authority at East Hampshire District Council.