DEVELOPER Pennyfarthing Homes will unveil plans for up to 165 houses on the edge of New Milton at an online public consultation event.
An exhibition showing draft proposals for the site, on land off Brockhills Lane, was due to be held at New Milton Community Centre back in March, but in light of Covid restrictions the public will now be consulted via Zoom on 10th December.
The project team will present the plans, which include a 50% affordable housing provision, and host a question-and-answer session. Attendees will also have the chance to give feedback. The number of homes had been reduced from an earlier proposal for 173 to “improve” the scheme, the developer said.
A spokesperson for New Milton-based Pennyfarthing said the site is an “adopted strategic allocation” in the new Local Plan formally approved by New Forest District Council in July.
This sets out locations and policies for the construction of nearly 10,500 new homes by 2036.
But Cllr Steve Clarke, chairman of New Milton Town Council’s planning committee, said despite being in line with the Local Plan, the level of development proposed would undoubtedly prove controversial.
“Plans are in the early stages, but we’ve already seen comments on social media about the number of homes and the fact the site is greenbelt,” he said.
“From a town council perspective, we want to see an effective traffic management system in place around the Sway Road/Brockhills junction.
“And we have concerns around the safety of the pedestrian access to Sway Road.”
Cllr Clarke said the plans represented the largest development New Milton had seen in the last 20 years.
He said the council welcomed the level of affordable housing, a pledge which he stressed must be honoured.
“There is also a number of ecological issues,” Cllr Clarke continued. “The Danestream is located to the right of the site just beyond the boundary and, as I understand it, is protected. We will be looking closely at how that’s managed.”
A Pennyfarthing spokesperson said the site would comprise an “appropriate mix of house sizes and tenures”, and public open space with “excellent leisure and biodiversity enhancement opportunities”.
They continued: “Over the last few months we have been working hard to further improve our plans for land off Brockhills Lane. We believe we can bring forward an attractive, high quality development in this location that will provide much-needed housing for local people.
“We look forward to sharing our plans with the local community and are keen to hear what people think.”
The online meeting will take place between 5.30pm and 7pm. Visit www.brockhillslane.co.uk and click on the event link.