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Application for 64 new homes in Tinkers Cross, Fordingbridge, should be approved, says report to NFDC planning committee

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A DEVELOPER should be granted permission for 64 new homes in Fordingbridge if 19 are affordable, a NFDC planning committee report suggests.

Pennyfarthing Homes applied to build a mixture of houses, flats and bungalows at Tinkers Cross, which is earmarked as a strategic development site in New Forest District Council’s Local Plan.

The application submitted to NFDC states it could only provide a maximum of 11 affordable homes in the scheme, which would be a mixture of rented, shared ownership and starter homes.

64 homes are planned at Tinkers Cross (photo: Google)
64 homes are planned at Tinkers Cross (photo: Google)

However, a report to the council's planning committee, which meets next Wednesday, suggests the scheme should be given the go-ahead only if 19 units are allocated as affordable, with seven assigned as affordable rent, seven shared ownership and five for first time buyers.

The report adds a financial contribution of £272,517 should be paid to Hampshire County Council prior to commencement of the development towards the expansion of Fordingbridge junior and infant schools.

The county council had previously said it would object to the application if it did not get the sum to expand, due to the impact on the local schools, which are already full. The development would generate 19 additional primary age children and 13 additional secondary age pupils.

Although nearby Burgate School is also at capacity, this was due to the recruitment of pupils from out of county, the council said, so no contribution was to be sought from the developer.

The council received 21 letters of objection from locals who raised concerns over the impact on local infrastructure, the increase in congestion, poor design, visual intrusion and lack of affordable housing.

Six further letters were either neutral or demonstrated some support for housing need but shared reservations about the impact of the development.

If given the go-ahead, the site of just over five hectares will also be developed to include public open space and 151 parking spaces created through a mixture of private driveways, garages and small parking courts.

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