Town council votes against plans to demolish house for four new homes

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The homes would be built in Barton Common Lane (picture: Google)

PLANS to replace a Barton home with four new houses have been opposed by town councillors.

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Property developer AJ Developments wants to demolish the existing dwelling at Brockwood, 42 Barton Common Lane, and erect the three-bedroom homes with garages and parking.

However, members of New Milton Town Council’s planning committee voted to strongly object to the proposal which is being considered by New Forest District Council.

The virtual meeting heard the committee felt the development was contrary to the design quality policy of New Milton’s Neighbourhood Plan, and did not respect policy for gaps between dwellings. The loss of trees through the development was also cited.

Addressing the meeting, New Milton Residents’ Association chair Alan Watson said the group also opposed the development due to the ecological impact it would have.

He criticised its character, access and design, and added it could potentially overlook neighbouring properties.

The town council’s amenities committee is also due to discuss concerns raised about the land which is in a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC).

This came after planning members objected to any loss of town council trees in the SINC that the access road crosses, as well as any potential widening of the access road for construction access and to accommodate two-way traffic.

Consultation on the proposal ended last Friday (16th October), with NFDC set to make a decision by 6th November.

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