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Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council object to Brentland Ltd's plan to build 17 homes in woodland off Jesmond Avenue

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THE resurrection of a controversial bid for housing in a Highcliffe woodland has sparked opposition by parish councillors who described it as a "major concern".

Highcliffe and Walkford Parish Council said the desire to maintain a "green corridor" through the area was behind its objection to 17 properties on land off Jesmond Avenue.

In its comment to BCP Council, which will decide the scheme, it said: "This an extremely important issue and should be a major concern for the preservation of green spaces. This could set a precedent."

Jesmond Avenue woodland
Jesmond Avenue woodland

It has also requested BCP Council extend the consultation period and questioned why some houses further away from the site had been consulted over the proposal.

As reported in the A&T, developer Brentland Ltd has proposed 17 properties for the site – a reduction on its previous bid for 23.

That had sparked 300 objections from local residents and was thrown out by BCP Council planners amid concerns over its environmental impact.

The latest application said "most" of the 890 trees on site will be retained, but 245 will be felled because they are weak, saplings or already dead.

It comprises 16 four-bedroom homes plus a three-bedroom dwelling, with 34 parking spaces.

The designs for Jesmond Avenue
The designs for Jesmond Avenue

The plans show the site retaining an ecological corridor and trees, with an eastern section – a Site of Nature Conservation Importance – to be retained as a managed biodiversity area.

The plan also pledged a 7-10-metre ecological buffer zone along the southern boundary, to ensure a green corridor and ecological network between Chewton Common and Nea Meadows.

In its application, Brentland said the two-storey homes have each been "individually designed", adding access will be via Greenways and private driveways on Jesmond Avenue.

Brentland added: "This scheme will deliver 17 much-needed, attractive family homes in a central sustainable location supported by public and private amenity space."

BCP Council is expected to make a decision after the consultation period ends on 20th May.

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