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174 homes planned for fields near Hordle Primary School

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UP to 174 new homes could be built on former greenbelt land close to Hordle Primary School, under plans being drawn up by a developer.

The scheme, which focuses on fields west of Hordle Lane, was recently the subject of pre-application talks between Hordle Parish Council and Bargate Homes, which has 50% as “affordable” properties.

No formal application has been submitted to New Forest District Council, but the site is allocated for development in the Local Plan, which sets out development policies outside the national park until 2036.

An artist's impression of the plans
An artist's impression of the plans

Hordle parish clerk Sarah Pitt confirmed representatives from Bargate Homes had recently met with parish councillors ahead of the launch of a community consultation.

Mrs Pitt said: “The site is allocated for a minimum of 160 homes so the question over whether it should be developed has already been considered.

“However, the parish council will remain absolutely committed to getting the best possible outcome for the residents of Hordle from this development.”

The developer said on its website: “Our vision is of an attractive scheme with three different character areas rich in their use of materials and detailing, connected throughout the wider site by a rhythm of materials and facades that articulate and generate a distinct development pattern.”

Bargate Homes stated the development will feature 50% affordable homes and offer a broad mix of sizes, types and ownership options.

It will also include amenity space and tree and hedgerow planting.

Following discussion with the parish council, Bargate Homes is currently looking at reducing the density of the development to 157 homes, with half still designated affordable.

The 174 homes would be divided into three areas
The 174 homes would be divided into three areas

Concerns were also raised about traffic and road safety, the impact on woodlands and wildlife, and connectivity with other parts of the village via a network of footpaths.

A community consultation is ongoing ahead of a planning application which is expected in two to three months.

Under draft proposals, up to 174 homes will be divided into three areas: The Avenue, Parkland Edge and Mews Lane.

The Avenue will curve through the length of the site via a new access on Hordle Lane, with garden walls and black metal open fencing used to define individual gardens, reflecting the rural surroundings.

The Parkland Edge section will feature more spaced out homes arranged in a crescent shape. Mews Lane homes will be orientated onto shared areas with soft landscaping and play environment.

For more information visit www.bargatehomeshordle.co.uk

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