Pennyfarthing Homes plan for 170 properties on former Milford greenbelt land
A DEVELOPER has promised that plans being drawn up for 170 homes on the edge of Milford will designate half as "affordable".
Pennyfarthing Homes is targeting a 12-hectare former greenbelt site north of Manor Road, close to the village’s primary school.
However, the land has been allocated only for at least 110 homes in New Forest District Council’s Local Plan, which contains development policies outside the national park.
The size of the draft scheme was revealed in pre-application documents submitted to NFDC, which has confirmed the company does not need to carry out a major environmental impact assessment.
Ben Arnold, land and planning director at Pennyfarthing Homes, told the A&T: "We have commenced the preparation of our planning application including 50% affordable housing and had initial engagement with Milford Parish Council and NFDC with the submission of our screening opinion for an environmental impact assessment, which the council confirmed is not required.
"We intend to continue to engage with the council, parish and also the local residents over the coming months with a view to submitting a full planning application next year."
Mr Arnold pointed out the site was removed from the greenbelt after NFDC's Local Plan had been independently ratified by a government planning inspector.
The area comprises four fields, two large glasshouses, plant nursery buildings and a telecommunications mast.
Documents submitted to NFDC said the proposed development will "comprise up to 170 dwellings and public open space, including an area of alternative natural recreational greenspace to the north of the site".
There would also be public open space around the site boundaries and within the development. While the existing glasshouses and plant nursery buildings are set to be demolished, the telecommunications mast will stay.
A new road junction would be created off Manor Road in the south-east of the site to ensure drivers heading west, such as to New Milton and Christchurch, use Lymington Road to access the A337.
New public footpaths will be created through the site, linking the existing public network.
Milford Parish Council chair Cllr Matthew Goode said: "While there was much objection to further greenbelt land being used for housing, these views where ultimately unsuccessful. We have been expecting this development to come forward for several years.
"The request for an EIA to the local authority sets out the proposed housing numbers (170) which previously only specified a minimum (110).
"However, the detail of the plans, the mix of housing type and style and how this development addresses the need of our community are all, as yet, still to be determined.
"We, the parish council, will continue to seek all views from residents and ensure these views are heard as these plans develop."
Natural England predicted "potential likely significant effects on statutorily designated nature conservation sites or landscapes", which it said needed to be mitigated when the full planning application is submitted.