MP wades in to village planning battle with call to cancel housing scheme

NEW FOREST MP Sir Desmond Swayne has called on ministers to cancel planning permission for a controversial housing development in Milford as opponents race to raise £30,000 for a High Court challenge. The request from...

Retirement flats refused as objectors call for more affordable homes

PLANS have been refused for a three-storey block of 27 retirement flats near the top of Lyndhurst high street over fears its size would spoil the area’s character. The national park authority rejected Churchill Retirement...
Fordingbridge housing

Plans for 800 new homes would worsen town’s traffic problem, warn councillors

PLANS for more than 800 new homes on the edge of Fordingbridge have been attacked by local councillors as likely to intensify congestion on the roads. Three sites around the town have been proposed for...

Campaigners seek legal challenge to stop village housing scheme

CAMPAIGNERS are racing to raise £30,000 to fund a legal challenge against a controversial greenfield development on the edge of Milford. Villagers have launched a fundraising website as they seek a judicial review of a...
Fawley power station plans

£1bn power station redevelopment takes major step forward

AFTER nearly six months’ delay, a major step has been taken to redevelop Fawley power station as plans were finally handed in for a futuristic “smart town” bristling with technology and home to at...

Developer blames giant bush for ‘uncomfortable’ building blunder

A DEVELOPER which built a terrace of houses too close to neighbours has been allowed to keep them standing. The trio of properties were part of a seven-unit scheme in Fawley constructed by Elite Homes...
Protest

Campaigners look to Quiet Lanes status to resist 100-home plan

CAMPAIGNERS fighting plans for 100 homes in the green belt are investigating whether their quiet neighbourhood could be protected with special status. Residents in Pennington are looking at gaining Quiet Lanes designation in response to...
ExxonMobil oil refinery

Oil refinery plan for new diesel plant to create 1,000 construction jobs

UP to 1,000 construction jobs could be created after top executives at petrochemical giant ExxonMobil gave the green light to an £800m investment in Fawley oil refinery. The huge project is to expand ultra-low sulphur...
Gordleton Industrial Park

Jobs promise wins industrial units place in the green belt

A SET of industrial units has been allowed in the green belt in Pennington to help boost the local economy. The three buildings, covering a combined 720 square metres, were given the green light by...

National park affordable housing rules watered down by government inspectors

NATIONAL park authority rules proposing to force builders to make half of every housing development affordable have been watered down by government inspectors. The NPA had wanted to include the policy in its 122-page draft...
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