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Four-home plan behind listed Milford pub is rejected

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The grade II listed White Horse pub in Milford
The grade II listed White Horse pub in Milford

PLANS for four homes behind an empty pub in Milford have been refused for being “unacceptably cramped, congested and intensive”.

Bayview Developments’ scheme for brownfield land behind the listed White Horse in Keyhaven Road added another home to a previous proposal, which was approved by the New Forest District Council in December 2019.

These were revised from plans rejected in July 2019 by NFDC, also over concerns about their cramped nature, with one councillor likening it to “sardines in a tin”.

Refusing the most recent application, for two four-bed and two three-bed homes, NFDC chief planning officer Claire Upton-Brown said the scheme would “result in an unacceptably cramped, congested and intensive form of development”.

She warned of a “lack of space around the buildings that would lead to a poor quality development to the detriment of the character and appearance of the area”.

She also raised concerns the development could affect local wildlife, and that the lack of an appropriate biodiversity survey went against policies in the Local Plan.

The application also made no mention of a financial contribution required towards monitoring, managing or mitigating air quality, the decision said.

The scheme included parking for 10 vehicles, landscaping and access from Keyhaven Road. The homes would be constructed of timber with tin roofs to give the appearance of contemporary agricultural buildings.

The new application recognised potential issues such as the impact on the character of the area, noise, highways and existing trees.

However, it added that the council had taken no issue with the principle of the development in granting the last application and “thus that matter does not need to be considered again”.

The previous, approved application prompted nine letters of objection from local residents and was opposed by Milford Parish Council.

A nearby resident claimed her neighbours were unhappy with the “ill thought-out over-developed scheme” particularly with the proposed location of plot 1 close to the boundary.

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