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Hurst Castle Ltd submits plan to build 178 homes on New Milton greenbelt off Gore Road

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A DEVELOPER seeking permission to build 178 homes on greenbelt land in New Milton has claimed it could deliver more than £5.7m in community funding.

The outline proposal for the 10-acre site south of Gore Road, between Double H Nurseries and The Barn restaurant and pub, has been submitted by Hurst Castle Ltd to New Forest District Council.

The application said it could provide "significant financial contributions" for affordable housing in the New Forest and local infrastructure.

The site is between Double H Nurseries and The Barn restaurant and pub
The site is between Double H Nurseries and The Barn restaurant and pub

Hurst Castle Ltd declined to comment but the plans stated it had "worked extensively" with NFDC and consulted residents before lodging the proposals.

It pointed to an A&T article quoting New Milton councillor Alvin Reid who declared his support for more local, low-cost housing when the draft scheme was unveiled last year.

The outline plan now submitted only includes details of access, so even if it was allowed by NFDC further details would have to be approved later before work could begin.

(Picture: Hurst Castle Ltd)
(Picture: Hurst Castle Ltd)

The scheme shows a mix of 150 open market homes plus 28 affordable units – of which 17 would be for rent, eight shared ownership and three starter homes.

It said it contained "a wide range of new homes including affordable homes with a higher proportion of smaller homes for young families in line with local needs and the aspirations of New Forest District Council and New Milton Town Council".

The site is included for housing within NFDC’s Local Plan, which contains core planning policies for development outside the national park until 2036.

(Picture: Hurst Castle Ltd)
(Picture: Hurst Castle Ltd)

It earmarks the land for at least 160 homes and public open space.

In the past plans to turn it and neighbouring land into a golf course and residential developments have been refused.

Hurst Castle’s application is supported by an affordable housing and transport assessments claiming the proposal would have no undue impact on the highway network in terms of capacity or safety.

(Picture: Hurst Castle Ltd)
(Picture: Hurst Castle Ltd)

The development also contains more than five hectares of recreational green space and public land, the application said, and would maintain a green gap to the adjacent Grade 2 listed The Barn building.

It pledged energy efficient, zero-carbon buildings, ultra-low energy appliances, lighting and IT, and electric vehicle power-charging units as well as new foot and cycle paths linking to the town centre, the existing cycle route on Gore Road and Stem Lane and Fawcett's Field.

A decision is expected by NFDC after the deadline for public comments on 20th May.

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