A view across Butser Hill earlier today,
before the builders moved in
Petersfield estate agents say house prices could rise by as much as 15 per cent as a result of the area gaining National Park status - and the answer, they say, is to build more houses.
Simon Sneer of estate agents Sellit & Rest told Petersfield Newswire: "It is clear to anybody with an estate agent's brain that the only way to rebalance the market is to increase supply.
"We have identified prime land just off the A3 which offers breathtaking views of the South Downs and could accommodate 400 ugly houses, crammed into stupidly narrow roads and all with those silly little windows you get these days. It's called Butser Hill."
A spokesman for the campaign group Petersfield Residents Against ThingS (PRATS) added: "This is just the sort of thing we like to get indignant about. And what's more normal people may even agree with us on this one.
"It's a very exciting time to be a PRAT."