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Application by English Rural Housing Association for 10 new homes in Bartley looks set to be approved by New Forest National Park Authority despite concerns over flooding raised by Copythorne Parish Council

A PLAN to build 10 new affordable homes on fields next to a New Forest pub looks set for approval despite parish council concerns over flooding.

The application by English Rural Housing Association for land adjacent to the Haywain pub in New Road Inn, Bartley, is set to go before the national park authority’s planning committee next week, with case officer Carly Cochrane recommending approval.

The Haywain in Bartley (picture: Google)
The Haywain in Bartley (picture: Google)

However, concerns about flooding continue, with Copythorne Parish Council arguing many issues remain unresolved.

Opponents have also argued that groundwater monitoring was undertaking during a drought and cannot therefore be relied on.

The 0.3 hectare site is currently used for grazing livestock. The application is for six two-storey homes and four apartments, all of which would all be affordable.

10 homes are planned off New Inn Road in Bartley (picture: Google)
10 homes are planned off New Inn Road in Bartley (picture: Google)

Plans also include two parking spaces per dwelling, private gardens and a shared meadow area.

The report to the planning committee states Hampshire Country Council’s flood water management team did not initially support the scheme but, after further surveys, it was agreed that surface water drainage could be adequately managed to prevent flooding.

It states: “The drainage strategy was revised to make use of a ditch, into which surface water run-off already drains due to the topography, and concerns were overcome.”

The application will be decided by the NPA planning committee on Tuesday.

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