PLANS have been submitted for 21 new homes on green belt land on the edge of New Milton.
The scheme from AJ Developments is for a half-hectare of grazing land on the south side of Hare Lane in Ashley.
The application promised that 11 of the dwellings would be designated as “social housing”, and argued that the new properties would help meet the New Forest’s need for accommodation.
There have been two letters of objection from residents particularly concerned about the impact of extra traffic on the narrow lane.
One described it as a “major housing development along a very minor country lane” which would be visible from the road, and predicted traffic having trouble passing without tearing up the verges.
Another said: “It is very dangerous to walk down Hare Lane now with no kerbs. Traffic is heavy now. To avoid Ashley lots of cars use it. With the additional dwellings this can only get worse.
“Noise levels and pollution will also increase, our rural aspect with cows, sheep and horses will also go.”
The application is in outline, so further details would also have to be approved before any work could begin.
New Forest District Council is scheduled to make a decision by 9th June after the deadline for public comments on 10th April.