Pennyfarthing Homes wins New Forest District Council approval for 64 homes at Tinkers Cross in Whitsbury Road, Fordingbridge
A PLEDGE to provide 19 affordable homes helped secure Pennyfarthing Homes permission to build 64 properties on land at Fordingbridge.
New Forest District Council’s planning committee voted unanimously to approve the plans for part of Tinkers Cross off Whitsbury Road, which is earmarked as a development site in the Local Plan.
Councillors noted extensive talks between NFDC officers and Pennyfarthing resulted in the developer amending its scheme several times and securing 19 affordable homes.
Cllr Anne Corbridge "congratulated" officers' efforts as previously 11 and then 14 cheaper units had been proposed.
Planning officer Stephen Belli revealed the developer also committed to a "special housing" design that meant the properties looked like barns to match the area's character.
Planning agent Jacqueline Mulliner said it was "a fantastic outcome in terms of the quality of the scheme" that would make a "significant affordable housing contribution".
But Fordingbridge Town Council and 20 residents were against the scheme.
Objector Louise Tonkin said it would harm the environment and cause chaos on Whitsbury Road, which she insisted was not appropriate as a through route to the A337.
She pointed out the Local Plan earmarked a minimum of 870 homes for Fordingbridge but developers had proposed 1,285 for the three strategic sites in the village.
"Fordingbridge has been hung out to dry for the sake of New Forest District Council meeting targets that are not necessary," she said.
"We Fordingbridge residents request you go back to the drawing board."
The committee accepted there would be knock-on effects on traffic but her plea was not taken up by members.
They noted the site was close to Burgate School, was a good design, and Wessex Water confirmed the sewerage capacity could cope.
Cllr Malcolm Wade said: "We need to accept the fact that we need to build more houses and this type of development."
The committee was told building work cannot start until Pennyfarthing agrees conditions and after an archaeological dig of an ancient settlement in part of the site.
The proposal was a mix of 32 three-bed houses, 14 four-beds and 11 two beds, with three single bed and four two bed apartments. Of the 19 affordable units, seven were affordable rent, seven shared ownership and five for first-time buyers.
There will be two accesses with the main one off Whitsbury Road, plus public land and an alternative area of recreational greenspace.