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Council could object to plans for 300 homes near Totton unless developer coughs up £1.3m to expand schools

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A GCI of the plans for land at Netley Marsh
A GCI of the plans for land at Netley Marsh

PLANS to build up to 300 homes near Totton could face a formal objection from Hampshire County Council unless the developer agrees to provide £1.3m to expand local schools.

Developer Bloor Homes and local landowner Barker Mills Estates have teamed up for the proposal on land north of Salisbury Road, Calmore, which is designated for housing in New Forest District Council’s Local Plan.

However, HCC has written to NFDC stating nearby Calmore infant and junior schools are already full and the new homes would be expected to generate an extra 90 primary-age children.

The council said it would need £1.29m for the proposed expansion of the schools, with one new classroom at the infant and two at the junior.

It added: “The contribution towards the expansion of the schools is necessary, as without an expansion they will not be able to accommodate the children from the development.

“The level of contribution being sought is based on the additional classrooms required to accommodate these children at the schools and therefore is fairly and reasonably related in scale and kind to the development.

“Without a contribution towards the provision of additional school places, the county council as local education authority would object to the proposal on the grounds that the impact on the existing infrastructure cannot be sufficiently mitigated.”

The letter explained that Testwood secondary school, which would also serve the development, was judged to have sufficient places available.

The outline application includes green space as well as drainage, utilities and “necessary infrastructure”, plus two access points from Salisbury Road.

The planning application said up to 35% of the homes – or 105 – will be designated as affordable housing.

Of those, 70% will be to rent and 30% shared ownership, while the development will provide a “full range” of housing, from one and two-bedroom apartments to three and four-bed family homes.

A spokesperson for Barker-Mill Estates and Bloor Homes told the A&T they were aware of Hampshire County Council’s comments.

The spokesperson added: “These comments, along with all the responses relating to the planning application, will be considered and discussed as part of the ongoing planning application process.”

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