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Plans for bungalow replacement on Northfield Road branded 'overdevelopment'

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PLANS to replace a Ringwood bungalow with four new homes have been refused by New Forest District Council.

The scheme by Caspian Developments Ltd was to demolish 102 Northfield Road and replace it with a new access leading to four detached houses, 12 parking spaces, a turning area and garages.

However, it attracted eight letters of objection from neighbours as well as criticism from the Ringwood Society and the town council which branded the plans “overcrowded” and “overdevelopment”.

The bungalow at 102 Northfield Road would be demolished (picture: Google)
The bungalow at 102 Northfield Road would be demolished (picture: Google)

A report by planning officer Jim Bennett was critical of extensive clearance of trees and vegetation on site prior to the application's submission, which could have supported bats and nesting birds.

The application said the plans had been designed to create a viable scheme while respecting the pattern of development in the area and the character and setting of nearby housing.

However, refusing permission for the application, NFDC said it was “overdevelopment” and “intrusive” to neighbours.

The decision notice stated that the density of the proposal left very little space for meaningful landscaping and it would erode the character of the area.

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