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Appeal over plan for homes on site of demolished Flying Boat Inn at Calshot is dismissed

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A DEVELOPER who wanted to build seven new homes on the site of a former Calshot pub has lost his appeal against the national park authority's refusal of the scheme.

As reported in the A&T, Habib Ghahramanizadi of Dibden Purlieu-based FB Estates submitted an outline application for the Calshot Road site, which was once home to the Flying Boat Inn. The popular pub was demolished after a blaze in 2001.

Documents submitted for the 0.8-hectare site, which included 14 parking spaces, said the development was designed to echo the characteristics of a farmyard, with rural-style materials and architecture.

How the site could have looked
How the site could have looked

The plans were turned down last February despite receiving the backing of Fawley Parish Council. A 100-signature petition was also handed in to the NPA in support of the redevelopment.

However, a report to members of the NPA's planning committee stated the site was outside of the a defined village boundary, where policy is stricter for new development to protect the national park.

It warned that approval would set a “highly undesirable precedent that would encourage similarly inappropriate and ad-hoc private housing developments”.

The appeal was considered by a planning inspector, who dismissed it on the grounds that the development would be contrary to policies in the NPA's Local Plan.

The decision by M. Bale concluded: "While the former Flying Boat Inn once formed a central point in the settlement and, historically, there were many more buildings here, it is now a break in the built form that affords views across the site from the road to the undeveloped landscape of the national park and beyond.

"However, development would ultimately intrude, at least in part, into views of the landscape beyond the site, to the detriment of its open rural character."

He added: "The proposal is for a modest development, with notable local support, that would do no particular harm to the purposes of the national park. It would deliver additional housing, which is a benefit in itself.

"However, the proposal is clearly contrary to the Local Plan's spatial strategy. This is a key component of the approach to managing development across the national park and therefore I find the proposal to be contrary to the development plan, read as a whole."

Similar plans by the same applicant were refused by the NPA in 2019.

The authority applied for an award of its costs to be repaid by FB Estates, but the inspector dismissed this on the grounds there was no evidence of wasted or unnecessary expense.

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