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Appeal lodged against refusal of Everton eco-homes plan



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AN appeal has been lodged against New Forest District Council’s refusal to allow five so-called eco homes to be built next to an area of woodland in Everton.

The scheme by Lymington-based Belmore Developments included the demolition of Arnewood Copse and Carford, located between Farmers Walk and Shepherds Way.

It was refused by NFDC in June over a cramped and unsympathetic design and concerns about the impact on listed trees and a badger sett.

Arnewood Copse on Farmers Walk, Everton, would have been demolished if the proposals were approved
Arnewood Copse on Farmers Walk, Everton, would have been demolished if the proposals were approved

Now an appeal has been lodged claiming that a precedent has already been set for new homes in the neighbourhood, and the layout will not detract from the character of Farmers Walk or Shepherds Way.

The appeal document said: “Given the need for the retention of the tree belt and provision of the central grassland area to its west, the five plots would be located on 0.77 acre (0.3ha) of the overall site.

"This is a low density and commensurate with that in Shepherds Way. It cannot be said that the development is cramped nor incongruous.”

The applicant also stated that concerns over the protection of a live badger sett could be addressed via a pre-submission licence from Natural England and that an arboriculturalist’s report set out how protected trees will be safeguarded.

The appeal will be decided on the basis of written evidence with the deadline for comments on 18th January.



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