Bid by Bargate Homes and Vivid Homes to build 110 homes on outskirts of Pennington recommended for approval
A BID to build a housing estate on the outskirts of Pennington has been recommended for approval by New Forest District Council planning officers.
Developers Bargate Homes and Vivid Homes are seeking outline permission for 110 properties – with a commitment that 50% will be affordable – on land south of the A337 Milford Road.
The plot has been allocated for housing in NFDC's Local Plan. Another area north of the road is set for a separate application for 140 homes, also by Bargate.
Members of NFDC’s planning committee will debate the plan next Wednesday, and papers released ahead of the meeting reveal officers have advised it be approved.
The recommendation is subject to a long list of conditions, including a requirement to provide 50% of the dwellings as affordable.
In the report NFDC’s ecologist and urban design officer both noted the applicants had "significantly amended their proposal" to address concerns, such as retaining another hectare of lowland meadow, fen and coastal and floodplain grazing marsh, and including a larger area of public open space along the western boundary.
However, Lymington and Pennington Town Council remained opposed. It has said it is supportive of developing the land in principle with more homes, but has concerns over the access point.
There were 30 letters of objection raising concerns about overdevelopment, local infrastructure pressure and the impact on the local ecology and wildlife including deer, bats, reptiles and buzzards.
Three people wrote in support, noting the plan would provide badly needed affordable housing.