Residents gather to object to 37-home plan for Dibden paddock
DIBDEN neighbours gathered to demonstrate they are “vehemently opposed” to plans to replace a single house and paddock with 37 lower-cost homes.
Branded “starkly out of character” by residents, the outline plans submitted to New Forest District Council by AJC Homes seek permission to develop 2.2 acres known as Orchard Gate in Noads Way.
Last week 70 local people came together for a meeting to discuss the application, raising concerns about the scale of housing and the impact on traffic and road safety.
Hosting the meeting, Jamie Cunliffe said: “We have always known that some sort of development would take place on this site, but it does need to be in keeping with the existing street scene and character of the area.”
Another neighbour Mike Whitehouse added: “The impact on the local street scene of a development totally out of kilter with the current neighbourhood character, increased safety risk from additional traffic, the effect on homeowners' privacy and environmental impact of felling almost a third of the mature trees on the site, will surely make these plans a non starter.”
The developer is proposing 12 one and two-bedroom flats, five two-bedroom houses and 20 three-bedroom.
The application said: “The housing mix proposed in this outline application has been heavily informed by the need to provide housing suitable for small families, newly forming households and downsizers.”
The scheme has prompted 32 written objections, with one commenting: “The proposal put forward is truly ludicrous! It is in no way in keeping with the area, and would not be appropriate for the land.”
Another added: “Thirty-seven is far too many. We all expected that some new houses would eventually be built at Orchard Gate.
“But this proposal with such density of housing would be totally out of character with our neighbourhood.”
The plans showed most perimeter screening from mature trees will be retained, although some protected trees on the Noads Way boundary would be replaced.
The planning statement continued: “There is significant scope for biodiversity net gain on site, by filling in the gaps in the existing screening with tree and hedgerow planting and creating a green corridor around the perimeter of the site.”
Highlighting the site’s location within 500 metres of Dibden Purlieu centre and its transport links to Southampton, Hythe and Beaulieu, the statement said 64 car parking spaces are proposed.
It added: “As residents are not reliant on a private car to meet their day-to-day needs, a lower level of parking is proposed to encourage greater use of more sustainable modes of transport.”
AJC Homes said it works with housing associations to first obtain planning permission for market housing before converting developments to 100% affordable housing schemes, making sites eligible for an increased level of grant support from Homes England.
Comments on the application can be submitted until 17th September and a decision is expected by 18th November.