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Appeal over latest bid to develop land behind White Horse in Milford

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A POORLY maintained plot behind an empty, Grade II listed Milford pub would be improved by the construction of four new homes, a developer has argued.

The scheme to build on land behind the White Horse on Keyhaven Road is subject to an appeal after New Forest District Council refused Bayview Developments’ plans in January.

The rejected proposals, including parking for 10 cars, followed permission being granted for three dwellings on the same site in December 2019.

The White Horse on Keyhaven Road, Milford
The White Horse on Keyhaven Road, Milford

In its challenge, Bayview Developments claimed the four dwellings had been “carefully designed and positively articulated” to take into account the nearby conservation area.

It argued: “The scheme has been very well considered and features a high quality design which will contribute positively to local character and increase the standard of design


When it was refused earlier this year, NFDC chief planning officer Claire Upton-Brown said the scheme would “result in an unacceptably cramped, congested and intensive form of development”.

She warned of a “lack of space around the buildings that would lead to a poor quality development to the detriment of the character and appearance of the area” and an “unsatisfactory and unacceptable living environment for future occupiers”.

The appeal will be decided on the basis of written representations. Comments should be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate at Bristol by 29th July.

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