Stunned homeowners told houses to be demolished

Sarah Coles
The letter
The letter

150 families in the Hampshire village of Stubbington were horrified to receive letters telling them their houses were to be demolished in order to make way for a bypass. They were informed that the land was being compulsorily purchased, and that if they didn't agree to sell their properties to a contractor for demolition they would face legal action. This was the first that any of them had heard of the proposals, and they were given just 14 days to respond.

But what happened next shocked them all.