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Plans for 37 new homes in Dibden Purlieu turned down by NFDC after 181 objections

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PLANS for 37 new homes in Dibden Purlieu have been turned down by New Forest District Council after sparking 181 objections.

AJC Homes applied to build the dwellings, which would have been a mixture of one and two-bedroom flats and two and three-bedroom homes, at Orchard Gate in Noads Way.

If approved, two areas of public open space and 64 car parking spaces would have been created.

The site would have been developed with 37 homes
The site would have been developed with 37 homes

However, Hythe and Dibden Parish Council objected to the plans amid concerns of overdevelopment, highway safety and the impact on wildlife.

In September, 70 residents gathered to demonstrate they were “vehemently opposed” to the plans.

Dismissing the application, head of planning Claire Upton-Brown said: "The scheme would, due to the scale and layout of development proposed... fail to respect the spacious sylvan character of the prevailing pattern of development in the area."

She said it would also fail to "deliver a well planned, high quality design that would contribute positively to the local distinctiveness, the quality of life and enhance the character and identity of the locality".

Currently the 2.2-acre site is home to one bungalow and paddocks.

In letters of objection submitted to the council, concerns had been raised over the increase in noise, traffic and pollution as well as worries about overlooking and being out of character.

One resident wrote: "I am totally against this proposal and would feel let down by the council if they approve this.

"We have worked hard to afford and aspired to live in this road because of its unique and up-market stature, we all have goals in our life and living here was one of ours, please do not under value this and potentially ruin what is one of the nicest areas of Dibden Purlieu."

Another added: "There are currently only 31 houses in Noads Way so the number of houses will more than double [and] the character will completely change.

"I realise that Orchard Gate will be developed but I firmly believe that it should be sympathetically in keeping with the already established area."

The application received two letters of support. One said: "The growing population requires more housing. The plans show that the proposal is in keeping with the local area and will hopefully provide additional housing which is desperately needed.

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