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Plan for nearly 200 homes on Cooks Lane in Calmore

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ALMOST 200 new homes could be build on land near Totton, with 69 allocated for affordable housing, if approved by New Forest District Council.

The outline application by Miss L. Reeves and Merlion Capital Corporation would see the land developed to create a mixture of two-storey houses, a three-storey block of flats and bungalows.

The site is included in New Forest District Council's Local Plan for development, which earmarks the wider strategic site 1, known as Totton north, for up to 1,000 homes.

The site is included in New Forest District Council's Local Plan for development (photo: Google)
The site is included in New Forest District Council's Local Plan for development (photo: Google)

If approved, 127 of the homes would be sold on the open market. A further 48 properties, a mixture of flats and houses, would be available for social rent and 21 for shared ownership.

New access roads would be created from Cooks Lane and Pauletts Lane and development would have 393 car parking spaces. An existing property on the site would be retained.

The application states: "The site will deliver a quantum of housing development in a sustainable manner which meets local needs for both market and affordable housing [by] providing a sustainable mix of housing types which contribute towards the assessed needs of the district.

"In particular, to deliver first time homes, family homes and downsizing units to cater for the needs of the population as a whole."

The development will be "landscape led" and will include opportunities for walking, formal and informal play and

general recreation for both new and existing residents.

An existing wooded copse on the site will be carefully managed "to enhance its recreational function and

provide formal routes through it", it adds.

The application has so far received one official objection from a resident who raised concerns over flooding, an increase in traffic and additional pressure on local amenities.

Another resident, who submitted a neutral response, said: "Along with the ongoing and future proposed developments in the area, we feel this semi-rural location is being swamped by too many new houses."

Totton and Eling Town Council and Netley Marsh Parish Council are yet to comment.

The public consultation period ends on 1st June, after which NFDC will make its decision.

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