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Marchwood Parish Council asks New Forest District Council to throw out 150-home plan for Corks Farm fields

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PLANS for up to 150 new homes on grazing fields in Marchwood should be thrown out, the parish council has declared.

Parish councillors held a special meeting to discuss the outline planning application by Oceanic Galaxy Ltd for land at Corks Farm in Normandy Way.

The scheme, which will be decided by New Forest District Council, includes 53 homes allocated as affordable, which equates to 35%.

Corks Farm could see up to 150 homes built on it
Corks Farm could see up to 150 homes built on it

The meeting, which was attended by more than 50 members of the public, heard the parish council’s three main concerns were issues around road safety, odours from the nearby Southern Water waste treatment plant, and the major gas pipeline to Marchwood power station that crosses the site.

Despite an earlier indication that representatives from the company would be giving a presentation, vice-chair Cllr Gary Wright confirmed to the A&T that it had declined the opportunity.

Cllr Wright told the A&T: “The proposed pedestrian improvements include two new crossings. One is located on Normandy Way, near the entrance to Shorefield Road, in the form of tactile paving and dropped kerbs.

“There is no indication that this would be a controlled crossing or have any kind of central refuge.

“As this is a 40mph road, used heavily by HGVs, it was the collective opinion of Marchwood Parish Council that this is not a safe option, especially as it would be used by school children accessing the adjacent bus stop and other village amenities.”

He added: “The other new crossing proposed is on Admiralty Way, near the junction of Normandy Way. This crossing is proposed with a central refuge, but councillors shared safety concerns relating to the proximity of the crossing to the T-junction.

“In summary, all options for residents of the proposed development to access the wider village on foot were deemed unsatisfactory from a safety perspective.”

The site, which is more than eight hectares, would be split with around 4.12 hectares allocated for residential development and 4.60 for open green space.

The meeting heard that the Health and Safety Executive had raised an objection to the application based on the proximity of the proposed development to a major hazard pipeline.

Cllr Wright added: “The council collectively raised concerns regarding the odour generated by the nearby waste water treatment works and the potential impact this would have upon residents of the proposed development.”

There have so far been 35 objections submitted, including concerns over flooding, an increase in traffic and the impact on infrastructure. Some said the new homes would affect privacy and be out of keeping.

The application stated the development “represents a deliverable contribution to the local housing needs and would result in a scheme that has the ability to support high quality housing, enhances the quality of the landscape and biodiversity whilst delivering long term benefits for the local community”.

NFDC is set to make a decision after the consultation period ends on 21st July.

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