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Developer Belmore Developments wins approval after shrinking Everton eco-homes bid

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SCALED-BACK plans for three eco homes in Everton have been approved despite residents' concerns and opposition from the parish council.

An original scheme by Lymington-based Belmore Developments proposing five properties in Farmers Walk was thrown out by New Forest District Council, and a subsequent appeal was later withdrawn.

The fresh scheme for just three homes and the demolition of existing cottages Arnewood Copse and Carford, sparked fewer objections but some residents maintained their opposition to the plans, citing overdevelopment and harm to protected trees.

Arnewood Copse on Farmers Walk is set to be demolished
Arnewood Copse on Farmers Walk is set to be demolished

Hordle Parish Council also urged refusal, arguing there was a lack of parking and the scheme would have an adverse affect on wildlife.

However, district council planning officers said the new proposals were less cramped and allayed concerns over encroachment onto protected woodland.

They also concluded the homes would no longer have an "overbearing impact" on neighbouring properties.

Another reason for refusing the previous application was the harm to badger setts within the site, but officers said reducing the scheme meant "badger mitigation is more deliverable".

While setts would be permanently closed and others temporarily closed during construction, four others would be retained and monitored throughout the works.

The officers' report concluded: "The layout has been designed to minimise disruption to protected species and trees and will enable the provision of features such as a green roof and bat boxes, which will increase biodiversity on site.

"Additional measures, such as photo voltaic panels and the installation of infrastructure to enable the provision of electric vehicle charging points will minimise the impact of the development on energy usage."

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