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AJ Developments Ltd wins appeal to tear down Barton Common Lane mansion to build four homes



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A DEVELOPER has won a planning appeal to tear down a home in an exclusive Barton road and build four houses.

AJ Developments Ltd has been given the green light by a government inspector to demolish Brockwood, at 42 Barton Common Lane, for a set of three-bedroom properties with garages and parking.

New Forest District Council had rejected the plan, with New Milton Town Council also objecting. Mayor Cllr Keith Craze had even floated the idea of legal action if the appeal was approved.

The development is on Barton Common Lane (picture: Google)
The development is on Barton Common Lane (picture: Google)

However, town clerk Graham Flexman poured cold water on that when asked by the A&T. “We won’t be taking any further legal action,” he said.

“We will be working with the developer to maintain the integrity of the site, as promised by them.”

The inspector’s decision noted the appeal site is off a shared private gravel drive, on the edge of Barton Common – a part of ancient, semi-natural woodland.

New Milton mayor Cllr Keith Craze had suggested legal action if the appeal was approved
New Milton mayor Cllr Keith Craze had suggested legal action if the appeal was approved

The homes would not harm the character of the area, he ruled, since while the four dwellings would be longer than the existing house there would be gaps to allow filtered views. They will also be set further back into the site to make them less conspicuous.

They will be “simple in their massing and detailing”, giving a “rustic appearance” that will “empathise with the adjacent common”, he said.

AJ Developments argued for NFDC to pay its costs in full, saying it had been put to unreasonable expense as a similar planning bid for the same site was turned down.

But that was rejected by the inspector who said the earlier refusal “was not a fault of the council”.



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