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Nursery owners pull bid to move business from Pennington land set aside for 100 homes

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Northfield Nursery wanted to move to a nearby field
Northfield Nursery wanted to move to a nearby field

THE owners of a plant nursery have withdrawn a controversial bid to relocate from land in Pennington earmarked for up to 100 homes.

Adam Gore and Rebecca Savin put forward a bid to move Northfield Nursery, in Lower Pennington Lane, to a nearby field they own just within the boundary of the New Forest National Park.

They have since written to the NPA to drop the proposal “for now” and with “great regret”, adding: “We may wish to revisit this in the future.”

As reported by the A&T, the scheme came under fire from neighbours who have campaigned to protect the quiet character of the rural roads, where Oakhaven Hospice is also located.

New Forest District Council last year allocated land there for development in its Local Plan policies, including the site of Northfield Nursery which borders the national park.

The relocation plan sparked 45 objections from neighbours, with concerns it would be the precursor to more housing through “infilling” undeveloped gaps.

Lymington and Pennington Town Council recommended it be given permission but said it was prepared to accept whatever decision the NPA made.

The application sought to relocate two polytunnels, a greenhouse, storage shed and water tank, and install new pathways and a rainwater harvesting pond. The new site would be comparable on a production scale to the current operation, it said, which comprises about 3,000 square metres of glasshouses and polytunnels along with associated sheds.

Mr Gore and Ms Savin said they were established horticulturalists who employ two people plus four more seasonally.

They investigated alternative sites, they said, but “nothing suitable” was found.

Asked to comment, Ms Savin said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Lymington and Pennington town councillors for their overwhelming support.

“Also these thanks extend to the New Forest National Park planning department for their guidance throughout the planning process.”

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