Plan for six new homes on Totton farm is rejected
A DEVELOPER’S bid to replace agricultural buildings with six affordable homes has been turned down by the national park authority.
Trant Estates Ltd had applied for outline planning permission to demolish the structures before building the three-bedroom dwellings at Great Fletchwood Farm House in Fletchwood Lane, Totton.
But planners ruled the firm had failed to demonstrate the proposal’s location, accommodation mix and design would match the area’s identified need for affordable housing or be suited as a rural exception site.
Amid evidence the existing buildings still accommodated some agricultural use, including hay and machinery storage, they also ruled there was no case to prove this use was redundant.
The decision noted it had not been demonstrated that the proposal would avoid or adequately mitigate unacceptable harm to any native protected species
There was local opposition to the proposal, with 35 out of 36 public comments being objections.
As well as wanting to see the agricultural use retained, there were fears that increased traffic would endanger pedestrians, horse riders and cyclists using the narrow Fletchwood Lane.
One comment from neighbours said: “In view of the increased livery stables, which in turn means more horses and riders, there is an accident waiting to happen due to the existing traffic problem, without increasing it anymore.”
The traffic concern was cited by Netley Marsh Parish Council when it recommended refusal, calling the proposal an “over-development of this rural site which should be retained as a working farm”.
Trant intended the homes be set out around a central courtyard, modelled on a farmstead, as one terrace of three, with the remaining three being separate blocks.
Promising to include a new public orchard and a shared garden, as well as private gardens for each home, the firm said the designs would relate to the setting but with a contemporary style.