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Hythe and Dibden Parish Council objects to 37-home development in Noads Way

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PARISH councillors have joined objectors to plans for 37 lower cost homes in Dibden with concerns of overdevelopment, highway safety and the impact on wildlife.

Hythe and Dibden Parish Council has submitted its views to New Forest District Council, which will decide the application by AJC Homes to develop 2.2 acres known as Orchard Gate in Noads Way.

The parish council stated: "It is overdevelopment of the site. The proposal is for 37 dwellings, whereas this site has been identified as having the capacity for 13 homes in NFDC's 2018 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment."

How the site could look (picture: Morgan Carey Architects)
How the site could look (picture: Morgan Carey Architects)

It adds: "The development would be out of keeping with the street scene and character of the area. There are concerns about highway safety as the volume of traffic will increase and it will lead to further congestion in the area. There are also safety concerns regarding pedestrians and cyclists, particularly as the site is in close proximity to the access to Noads Way play area."

Other concerns include insufficient parking spaces for the number of dwellings, overlooking and the land being prone to water logging and flooding.

The council added: "The committee has significant concerns about the felling of over a third of the existing mature trees and the impact this will have on the biodiversity of the area. The loss of these trees will also have an impact on the privacy of neighbouring properties [and] there will be a detrimental impact on the wildlife in the area."

As reported in the A&T, residents held a protest meeting against the application which has received 99 objections compared with two letters of support.

The developer is proposing to build 12 one and two-bedroom flats, five two-bedroom houses and 20 three-bedroom.

The application said: “The housing mix proposed in this outline application has been heavily informed by the need to provide housing suitable for small families, newly forming households and downsizers.”

A decision will be made after the public consultation period ends on 18th November.

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