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Hoburne Developments wants to build 121 new homes at its Hoburne Farm Estate in Highcliffe

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A DEVELOPER with permission to build 38 more properties on a major housing estate in Highcliffe has now submitted plans on the same site for more than three times as many.

The scheme by Hoburne Developments is for up to 121 dwellings as Phase 9 of its Hoburne Farm Estate development, south of the A35 Lyndhurst Road.

An initial application for 38 homes in January last year angered some residents already living on the estate, who claimed they had been "led to believe" the application site – which is grass and scrubland – was going to be left as green open space.

Properties are still for sale on the Estate
Properties are still for sale on the Estate

Forty-four people signed a petition against further development, arguing more homes would have an "adverse impact on the wellbeing" of existing residents.

But Hoburne said plans for the site had been flagged as far back as 2017, with a public consultation giving people the opportunity for feedback.

The new 121-home proposal seeks outline permission for a slightly larger plot to the east of the estate, which overlaps the Verno Lane Conservation Area.

Hoburne Developments Phase 9 plan
Hoburne Developments Phase 9 plan

Hoburne argued the location was sustainable, being served by existing transport links and with good access to local amenities.

It said the homes will go some way to addressing the "shortfall" of housing in the area, and insisted the application should be considered in the context of BCP Council being "unable to demonstrate a five-year housing land supply".

Development within the conservation area would cause "harm to its special character and appearance" through a partial loss of open and rural space, Hoburne conceded.

But it stressed that because works would be limited to the western part, the impact would be "less than substantial".

The application stated that "due consideration" would be given to the council's view that, wherever possible, existing landscape features should be retained.

Homes are under construction on Hoburne Farm Estate
Homes are under construction on Hoburne Farm Estate

It continued: "The majority of the application site was designated as public open space for formal recreational use in 2001.

"Despite this designation, no known proposals have come forward or been accepted. This aged requirement has to be balanced against far more current and pressing housing land supply issues.

"For planning permission to be denied, in the context of a lack of housing land supply and a clear compliance with the development plan, the impacts are going to have to be significant."

Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council are set to discuss the plans later this month.

BCP Council will make a decision after the deadline for public comments on 4th February.

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