Controversial 400-home Ringwood plan up for debate
VIEWS will be aired on controversial plans for a 400-home development on the edge of Ringwood.
At a meeting set for 7pm on Tuesday (April 20th), members of the town council’s planning, town and environment committee will debate proposals by Taylor Wimpey to develop land north of Hightown Road, Hightown.
The land was allocated for at least 270 homes as Strategic Site 15 in New Forest District Council's Local Plan - which outlines development policy outside of the national park until 2036.
But so far 240 people have objected to Taylor Wimpney's outline plan, which includes utilising three hectares for employment and constructing an access onto the A31.
Opponents voiced concerns over added pressure on local infrastructure, including the A31, and claimed Ringwood’s sewerage system is already at capacity and its land “highly susceptible to flooding”.
Just three people have so far written in support of the development, despite Taylor Wimpey pledging that 50% of the homes would be affordable.
However, it has said those will fall within the government definition; which classes affordable housing as properties for rent or sale below local market levels, starter homes, or dwellings offering a route to ownership otherwise not available.
Taylor Wimpey has also insisted it is an “appropriate location” and Ringwood has a “growing demand” for new homes.
The meeting will be held remotely via Zoom. Access details are available at https://www.ringwood.gov.uk/