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Virtual extraordinary meeting to be held town council response to 491 homes planned at Moortown Lane, near Ringwood



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RINGWOOD Town Council is holding a special meeting on Wednesday over its response to proposals for 500 homes near Ringwood.

The council's planning, town and environment committee will holds a virtual extraordinary meeting to consider its draft response to developer Crest Nicholson's plans for land at Moortown Lane.

Its hybrid planning application wants full permission for 168 homes and outline planning permission for another 323 on the site, which is earmarked for construction in the New Forest District Council's Local Plan.

The land off Moortown Lane (photo: Google)
The land off Moortown Lane (photo: Google)

In the draft response, the town council outlined its "fundamental objection" to the scheme.

Among its concerns, it highlighted the lack of a community facility, no provision for a primary school, and the reduction in existing football pitches.

That the detailed planning application was missing the 50% affordable housing indicated in the outline scheme was also "not acceptable", it said.

The council also had "significant reservations" about the design which it called "very inward looking" and "quite inappropriate" for a development on the fringes of the town.

It also slammed Crest Nicholson's traffic assessment as out of date and "conducted either during lockdowns or at times when significant numbers were working from home".

The draft concluded: "There are so many issues with the present applications, both outline and detailed, that we urge the application be refused and the applicant be in effect invited to go back to the drawing board."

A design and access statement issued by Pegasus Design on behalf of Crest Nicholson says the development will be a "highly desirable place to live" and an "integrated and sustainable residential community with a sensitive relationship to the existing settlement".

Fifteen minutes have been set aside at the start of the meeting, at 7pm, for public participation.

Click here for details on how to join.



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