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100 new homes in Stuckton Road, Fordingbridge, refused

PLANS for a large new housing estate in Fordingbridge have been refused after New Forest District Council received 70 letters of objection.

As reported in the A&T, applicants Mr and Mrs Weldon applied for outline permission for 98 new dwellings on the 4.5-hectare site at St John’s Farm in Stuckton Road.

They were a mixture of 78 flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached properties, as well as 20 retirement homes.

Stuckton Road in Fordingbridge (Google images) (47008296)
Stuckton Road in Fordingbridge (Google images) (47008296)

The land is currently home to one dwelling and two farm buildings. If it had been approved, a new access road would have been created from the B3078 plus a new village hall and playground.

The letters of objection from locals included concerns over the increase in traffic and congestion, loss of privacy, noise disturbance and the added pressure on local schools and doctor’s surgeries.

Fordingbridge Town Council also urged NFDC to reject the scheme on the grounds it was in conflict with the Local Plan, which sets out development policies outside the national park, and would exacerbate pressures on infrastructure.

Refusing the proposal, an NFDC report said: “This application for a large, new housing estate development outside the long established settlement boundary of Fordingbridge is contrary to a range of local and national policies and guidance.

“There is a clear in-principle objection to this unallocated housing development being located in this sensitive area near to the New Forest National Park."

It added: “The proposal is supported by insufficient information and evidence in many respects and raises serious concerns regarding the overall wider environmental impact the development would have.

"The as-yet-unquantified potential social and economic benefits that might be realised were permission to be granted would not outweigh those harmful impacts.”

No details on the number of affordable homes was included, but documents submitted to NFDC stated: “The applicant is committed to delivering on-site affordable dwellings throughout the development to benefit those in need within the town of Fordingbridge and the immediate surrounding area.”

The homes would be built to the latest energy efficiency standards and the development would be as carbon-efficient as possible, it added.

Fordingbridge has seen a surge in planning applications recently. As reported in the A&T, Pennyfarthing Homes wants to build 400 properties on land to the west of Whitsbury Road, in addition to 63 homes at Tinkers Cross.

The company also intends to submit a third proposal for around 450 homes later this year for a site north of its existing Augustus Park development.

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