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New Forest District Council grants plan for 16 affordable homes on land near Fawcett's Field, New Milton

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APPROVAL has been granted for 16 affordable homes on a New Milton field after councillors rejected parking concerns.

New Forest District Council proposed 10 houses and six apartments on about one hectare of land off Moore Close, adjacent to Fawcett's Field.

Members of NFDC's own planning committee voted 10-2 to approve it after acknowledging the development, which includes a play park and public open space, would boost affordable housing numbers.

The field is off Moore Close
The field is off Moore Close

Cllr Malcolm Wade said: "We need this type of development on this site. Some sites do not fit this type of development but this site clearly does.

"It’s what we have got to support. We need a lot of affordable housing."

His view was echoed by Cllrs Alan Glass and Sue Bennison. But there was dissention from Cllrs Hilary Brand and Mahmoud Kangarani.

Cllr Brand was unhappy that existing off-street parking spaces would be lost, while Cllr Kangarani was concerned the housing did not cater for families.

New Milton Town Council found the plan acceptable, but 10 residents objected and two – Sara Scoles and Carolyn Bull – made presentations to the planning committee.

Cllr Malcolm Wade
Cllr Malcolm Wade

Their concerns mostly focused on the parking, arguing that eight off-street spaces currently used by residents would be reduced to three to help create two separate accesses to the site.

They said the loss of those spaces would cause locals to park up the road or in the adjacent slipway of the busy Christchurch Road, which they would have to cross to get home.

That was dangerous, they said, adding there was also potential congestion and litter issues.

Five of the homes will be shared development properties. Two are three-bedroom, with the rest comprising one or two bedrooms. In total there are 26 car parking spaces, including two for visitors, and two electric charging points.

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