A MAJOR plan to build up to 300 homes – more than a third of which will be affordable – on land at Netley Marsh has been unveiled.
Developer Bloor Homes and local landowner Barker Mills Estates have teamed up for the proposal on land north of Salisbury Road, Calmore, which is included in designated site number one in New Forest District Council’s Local Plan.
It wants outline permission for the homes, recreational green space, informal and formal open space as well as drainage, utilities and “necessary infrastructure” as well as two access points from Salisbury Road.
The planning statement by consultants Luken Beck says up to 35% of the homes – or 105 – will be designated as affordable housing.
Of those, 70% will be to rent and 30% shared ownership, while the development will provide a “full range” of housing, from one and two-bedroom apartments to three and four-bed family homes.
The statement added: “The proposals represent sustainable development in accordance with the Local Plan and will deliver a wide range of benefits that further weigh in favour of the application.”
Those include incorporating the latest energy and water efficiency, high-speed broadband and provision for electric car charging points and improvements to highway infrastructure and pedestrian and cycle connectivity.
Further benefits will come from Section 106 financial contributions to boost off-site infrastructure and facilities, education provision and increased expenditure to the locality to support local shops and facilities.
The statement highlights how NFDC’s Local Plan sets out planned growth of up to 10,000 homes until 2036 in certain areas of the New Forest to meet “urgent” local housing provision, a low supply of housing, and NFDC underperforming against the 2018 housing delivery test.
Strategic site one of the Local Plan covers “land to the north of Totton”, and suggests it could accommodate up to 1,000 new homes, five hectares of employment land and the creation of a new primary school. The site is part of that land, with a minimum designation of 260 homes.
The planned main access is a new roundabout junction opposite the existing Brookes Hill industrial estate, with a secondary junction to the east, which would also serve as a way in for vehicles during the building phase.
Overall, the site area extends to 17.36 hectares and 1.30ha of highway land along the A36 corridor, all of which is controlled by the applicants and Hampshire County Council Highways.