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AROUND 190 new homes could be built on former greenbelt land close to Milford Primary School, under plans being drawn up by a developer.

The draft scheme by Pennyfarthing Homes is for fields to the north of Manor Road, and follows its construction of 42 properties nearby off Lymington Road, which sparked protests before it was granted permission.

The idea was discussed in a pre-application meeting with between New Forest District Council planners and members of Milford Parish Council, when the developer confirmed its intention to deliver on a target to make 50% "affordable".

Pennyfarthing Homes is set to launch a community consultation on the plans
Pennyfarthing Homes is set to launch a community consultation on the plans

No formal planning application has been submitted but the site is allocated by NFDC for construction in the Local Plan, which sets out development policies for more than 10,000 homes outside the national park until 2036.

The emerging scheme, known as Swallowfield Park, shows how the site could be developed with 191 new homes, of which half would be affordable.

Pennyfarthing Homes land and planning director Ben Arnold, said: “We’re committed to consulting the local community about our plans and to help the New Forest District Council to meet its housing needs.

“It is our intention to deliver a significant amount of affordable housing at Swallowfield Park. As a local developer, we know that local families often struggle to get on the property ladder, and our scheme could help nearly 100 of them to achieve their goal.

“We are also committed to delivering a high quality development with infrastructure and landscaping improvements along with a biodiversity net gain."

He added: “Following our initial discussions with Milford Parish Council and ongoing discussions with New Forest District Council, we intend to hold a wider online community consultation about our proposals soon.”

The development would also feature infrastructure improvements such as new cycling routes and significant areas of public green space, delivering promoted as a “biodiversity net gain”.

The draft scheme also includes plans for the 50% affordable housing, of which 25% would be discounted "first homes", designed exclusively for first-time buyers with a local connection, to help them onto the property ladder.

A 30% discount would be applied, in perpetuity, to provide longer term access to home ownership for local people.

Deputy Milford parish clerk Niamh Morrison told the A&T: “We had a meeting on 15th March between a number of councillors and two representatives from Pennyfarthing Homes.

"They did not give away much in terms of exact dates but said they were aiming to launch a community consultation in the spring.”



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