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New Milton councillor Alvin Reid welcomes Hurst Castle Ltd's plan for 178 new homes off Gore Road

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PLANS for around 178 new homes have been unveiled by a developer for fields on the edge of New Milton.

Hurst Castle Ltd has launched a public consultation as it prepares an outline planning application to New Forest District Council for the land south of Gore Road, adjacent to Double H Nurseries, which it says will be aimed at young families.

The plot is allocated in NFDC’s Local Plan for at least 160 new homes and public open space.

An early design layout for the proposed homes
An early design layout for the proposed homes

Local residents are invited to view the scheme online and put forward their views on the type and style of buildings to be provided, as well as what kind of community play area they would like included.

Responding to the initial draft documents, Cllr Alvin Reid, who represents Milton ward and is the town council's planning committee vice-chair, told the A&T they looked “very encouraging”.

The Local Plan also states that at least 50% of the housing should be affordable, and Cllr Reid was hopeful this requirement would be met, pointing out the developer would have to prepare a report to prove it the proportion was unviable.

“If, architecturally, it’s going to be as good as they suggest, it will be an asset to the town,” he added.

“It appears to be well laid out and appears to have adequate cycle and walking routes both through the site and from Gore Road to Fawcett's Field.

“It seems to comprise a mix of one to four-bedroom homes – I think it’s approximately half one-two-bedroom and half three-four-bedroom, so there should be plenty for start-up families.

“It’s almost wasteland, that bit of land near the greenhouses, and we need new homes in the town.”

Hurst Castle Ltd has promised the development will provide high-quality public open space, as well as green links within the site and from Gore Road to Fawcett's Field.

Landscape and ecological enhancements to benefit local wildlife are also promised.

A spokesperson said: “We have the opportunity to build a new community here in New Milton with quality homes, aimed towards younger people and families, attractive landscaping and new, green links from Gore Road to Fawcett's Field.

“We want to create a high-quality place that includes strongly landscaped streets, a network of interconnecting green spaces, walking and cycling opportunities, energy-efficient buildings and opportunities for a healthy living neighbourhood.

“We are keen to hear local views before we prepare an outline planning application to submit to New Forest District Council in the coming months and encourage local people to visit our website and share their views.”

The Local Plan policy for the strategic site includes a requirement to provide a positive frontage to Gore Road, retaining the better trees there already.

It also stipulates a green gap should be maintained between the development and the listed barn at the former Gore Farm.

Other requirements include design measures to manage the relationship between the development and both the glasshouses and the nursery’s business operations, as well as enhancing access to Fawcett's Field.

The online exhibition launched today (Thursday) at www.goreroadnewmilton.com where people can complete a survey.

Comments can also be emailed to hello@goreroadnewmilton.com until the consultation ends on 28th November.

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