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Plan for up to 220 homes at Ashford, near Fordingbridge

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A DEVELOPER is drawing up plans to build up to 220 homes on former agricultural land near Fordingbridge.

Cala Homes has bought the 17-hectare site at Ashford and is hoping to deliver houses of between one and five bedrooms, including provision for "affordable" homes.

The site is allocated for construction in New Forest District Council's Local Plan, which outlines sites of development in the Forest outside the national park until 2036.

The development will comprise of up to 220 one to five-bedroom homes
The development will comprise of up to 220 one to five-bedroom homes

In a statement Cala said its development would involve a strategy "designed to protect and enhance local wildlife", including bird nesting features, hedgehog fences, bat boxes or bat roosting tiles, and native tree planting.

It will also work with the Bee Mission, which helps build and maintain beehives across Hampshire and Dorset, and employs local homeless people in their construction.

Freddie Webber, land director at Cala Homes, said: “Cala already has a strong presence across Hampshire, with the Fordingbridge site complementing our existing wider portfolio in Winchester, Wimborne, and Alton.

"We are looking forward to working closely with the council and local stakeholders to deliver this exceptional site, including high quality private and affordable homes, in the coming months.”

It is one of a raft of developments unveiled in the Fordingbridge area. A scheme for up to 1,700 homes, a medical centre and care home was revealed for Alderholt last month.

Forty-six homes are proposed on farmland north of of the town; more than 400 could be built in two phases at Burgate; and a plan for 64 houses was approved by the NFDC in February.

An application for 240 homes north of Station Road was withdrawn after planning officers criticised its size.

A spokesperson for Cala said there would be a public consultation before a formal application to the NFDC aimed at later this year.

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