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'Community' of five eco homes planned near New Forest village woodland

Arnewood Copse on Farmers Walk, Everton, would be demolished
Arnewood Copse on Farmers Walk, Everton, would be demolished

PLANS have been unveiled for five new “21st century eco-homes” next to woodland in Everton.

The scheme, submitted to New Forest District Council by Lymington-based Belmore Developments, seeks to demolish Arnewood Copse and Carford, located between Farmers Walk and Shepherds Way.

They would make way for a “community of dwellings” which, the application said, will support people and wildlife.

Solar panels, triple glazing and bird and bat boxes within the roof space are all included as elements of the eco homes, with architects PAD Studio stating each property will be highly insulated and airtight for maximum energy efficiency.

Future residents would also be required to pay a ground rent to support the upkeep of shared woodland, grassland and other common areas.

A section of rear garden from neighbouring property White Croft is incorporated into the plans for three detached homes and one pair of semi-detached dwellings. They would have a new access route off Farmers Walk plus 10 parking spaces.

The application said: “The proposal seeks to raise design standards, creating a series of dwellings that are appropriate for 21st century family living whilst adopting a contemporary vernacular design approach.”

Acknowledging that part of the site adjoins a heavily wooded area to the east of the site, the applicant revealed plans for “a biodiversity net gain” by removing low grade trees and deadwood to allow the existing woodland, under a tree preservation order, to flourish.

This “ecologically enhanced” strip of land to the east will allow badgers and reptiles to thrive, stated the plan.

However, the scheme has already prompted several objections from residents of Shepherds Way who claimed that the plan is overdevelopment which would harm nature and local people.

One declared: “The council has permitted developers to eviscerate the soul from the local area. So, from a well-liked and cared-for environment where you could feel part of a village living in a rural place, that has been eroded over time and is now largely destroyed.

“Migrating birds no longer stop in the area because the biodiversity to sustain them has been removed. A place that was sensitive to nature, birds and other wildlife has had the life drained from it.”

NFDC is expected to make a decision on the application after the deadline for public comments on 2nd April.

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