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Town council and locals object to plan for 196 new homes on fields off Cooks Lane in Totton

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A BID to build nearly 200 homes in Totton has sparked objections from the town council and locals.

The outline application submitted to New Forest District Council is for land at Cooks Lane, with plans to create a mix of houses, a block of flats and bungalows.

The overall proposals, put forward by Miss L. Reeves and Merlion Capital Corporation, are for 196 homes, with just over a third as affordable.

The site could see up to 196 homes built on it (picture: Google)
The site could see up to 196 homes built on it (picture: Google)

It has received 30 letters of objection and 10 in support. Those against the scheme include Totton and Eling Town Council.

Its members raised concerns for nearby residents who they said have historically not been overlooked but, if approved, the new housing would "literally surround them".

The town council's letter to NFDC adds: "The impact of the development to existing residents would not achieve a high quality design.

"Properties on Cooks Lane experience flooding in rear gardens – this existing problem would only be heightened."

The council also raised concerns about the three new vehicle access points proposed on Pauletts Lane.

It added that infrastructure facilities, mainly schools and doctors' surgeries, had been overlooked.

Others against the plans have raised concerns over the loss of green space, inadequate off-road parking and the impact on wildlife.

In documents submitted to NFDC, the applicants stated 35% of the development would be affordable.

It said the scheme will deliver first-time homes, family homes and downsizing units "to cater for the needs of the population as a whole".

A wooded copse on the site would be carefully managed to enhance it for recreation and provide formal routes through it, it added.

Those supporting the plan said the area is in need of new homes. One wrote: "It will give young local people a chance to get onto the housing market without having to move out of where they have grown up and away from family support."

Another added: "I think that the scheme is well thought out and the benefit of the woodland is fantastic. I am looking forward to walking through areas that are currently not available for public use."

The public consultation ends on 19th August, after which NFDC will make its decision.

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