Town council backs farmland redevelopment despite flooding concerns

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Loperwood Lane homes
The proposed development off Loperwood Lane in Calmore, Totton

TOWN councillors have backed controversial plans for 80 new homes in Totton despite raising concerns over flooding and access.

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The development of the 4.4-hectare Loperwood Lane site in Calmore, which is currently used for agricultural purposes, was originally turned down by New Forest District Council in 2016 after it received more than 100 objections.

The decision was appealed by the applicant, London-based Howard Sharp & Partners LLP, and residents were shocked when NFDC later announced it was abandoning its attempt to block the scheme and would be offering no evidence, following legal advice.

The scheme was subsequently granted outline planning permission – but it needs the details approved before work can start.

The latest proposals are from housing association Aster Group and were discussed at a meeting of Totton and Eling Town Council’s planning and transportation committee.

Chair Cllr Caroline Rackham said she felt the number of houses was “pretty good” and members agreed the design and layout was acceptable.

Loperwood Lane homes
The proposed layout of the 80 homes off Loperwood Lane in Calmore, Totton

However, the meeting heard that flooding was already an issue for residents further along in Calmore Road and councillors asked planning officers to note these concerns as a high priority.

It was also suggested that access could be moved to avoid headlights being shone into Calmore Cottage, which is opposite the proposed new road.

Aster Group has submitted a detailed application for 19 detached houses, 48 semi-detached, seven mid-terrace and one block of six flats.

Half of these properties will be affordable housing, consisting of social rent and shared ownership.

The application also gives details of landscaping, which includes the retention of a pond, the addition of a bin and cycle store and the provision of 189 parking spaces. The vehicular access will be via Loperwood Lane.

The public consultation period ends on 21st July, with a decision expected from the district council by September.

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