PLANNING permission for nine new homes near Ringwood has been refused after 50 members of the public objected.
Mark Walker Project Management Ltd submitted outline plans to New Forest District Council to demolish a property at 14 Lin Brook Drive to create an access route to an adjoining field, as reported in the A&T.
On the 0.4-hectare site would be a collection of two, three and four-bedroom detached houses with 18 parking spaces.
Those against the plans wrote to the council citing their concerns, which included the visual impact on the countryside, the harm to wildlife and trees, loss of privacy, and disturbance from noise and light.
The Ringwood Natural History Society also raised an objection amid concerns the development would have an impact on the local toad population.
A letter from its conservation officer Theresa Holden said: “I would like to express our concerns regarding the impact this application will have on the habitat and the wildlife of the area.
“This is particularly relevant to the toad population which use Gorley Road as a route
to and from their spawning sites.
“This disturbance could have a disruptive effect on the birds and other wildlife that frequent the nearby lakes. It is also likely that there will be a substantial loss of flora if these plans go ahead.”
The application was refused by the district council on the grounds that it would be an overdevelopment of the site as well as causing ecological harm.
A report by planning officer Jim Bennett added: “While the proposal would result in additional housing, within a sustainable location, these benefits do not outweigh the identified harm.”
In documents submitted to NFDC the applicant had argued there was no benefit in retaining a “redundant piece of land on the edge of a sustainable settlement when this could be proactively utilised for housing development”.
It claimed: “The scheme will represent a significant enhancement to the character of the area in delivering high quality dwellings on a vacant piece of land on the edge of the settlement and give rise to no harm.”