A DEVELOPER has unveiled plans to build up to 300 new homes in Totton with an online public exhibition.
Bloor Homes and local landowner Barker-Mill Estates hope to develop a 17.5-hectare parcel of farmland north of the A36 Salisbury Road, near Hill Street.
Around 35% of the new properties, if approved, would be affordable housing. As well as new dwellings, there would also be an area designated for employment and new public open space.
Formal play areas would be created in addition to two ponds. At the heart of the neighbourhood would be a community focal point and a potential new school.
A new roundabout would be created, with vehicle access from Salisbury Road and a new crossing for pedestrians and cyclists added on the A36.
A formal outline planning application is expected to be submitted to New Forest District Council later this year.
The site is part of the wider north Totton strategic allocation within the New Forest District Council Local Plan, which has been identified as suitable for 1,000 new homes, a primary school, land for employment space and public open space.
A spokesperson for the applicants told the A&T: “Our proposals will make a considerable contribution towards meeting the housing needs of the New Forest district, as well as delivering significant community benefits, including affordable homes, new areas of accessible open space and improvements to local transport infrastructure.
“We want to understand the community’s thoughts on our proposals ahead of the submission of an outline planning application later this year so we can incorporate and address the views of local residents into the design process and our future plans for the site where possible.”
Cllr Dave Hills, who represents Totton North on the town council, told the A&T: “Sadly the local infrastructure seems to be ignored whenever these housing estates are built.
“We are seeing a large increase in the population of Totton but where are the new schools, surgeries, parks and social facilities to go with it? Very careful consideration also needs to be given to traffic and drainage.”
He added: “I fully appreciate that people need houses, but I’d call on NFDC to give the local community the amenities and infrastructure needed to support these new developments before building any more houses.”
The online consultation runs until 24th July. To view the plans and comment visit landnorthofsalisburyroad.consultationonline.co.uk/
Residents can contact the project team on 0800 298 7040 to arrange for a hard copy of the presentation to be sent.