Public meeting to debate controversial 240-home plan near Fordingbridge

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Plans by Infinite Homes for land north of Station Road between Fordingbridge and Ashford

A CONTROVERSIAL plan for 240 new homes near Fordingbridge will be publicly debated at an extraordinary meeting of town councillors.

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Members of Fordingbridge Town Council’s planning committee were set to give their recommendation to New Forest District Council on the proposal by Infinite Homes at a remote meeting last week.

But instead they chose to defer it to allow Hampshire County Council extra time to submit its response to the plan’s highway implications.

Assistant town clerk Rachel Edwards told the A&T the meeting would be held at 7.30pm on Wednesday 23rd September.

The outline proposal seeks permission to develop 10.7 hectares of fields north of Station Road, between the town and the neighbouring village of Ashford.

NFDC has allocated the site for up to 140 homes in its Local Plan, which sets out development in the district over the next two decades.

Dozens of Fordingbridge residents have lodged objections, claiming the local doctor surgeries, schools and roads will struggle to cope, and it will cause widespread traffic congestion and parking problems.

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