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Plans for 63 new homes on edge of Fordingbridge

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63 homes are planned for Tinkers Cross, near Fordingbridge
63 homes are planned for Tinkers Cross, near Fordingbridge

A DEVELOPER has unveiled plans to build 63 new dwellings in Fordingbridge, including 16 designated as “affordable”.

Pennyfarthing Homes wants 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 stated the new properties would include 47 open market homes plus six for social/affordable rent, five for affordable ownership and five as starter homes.

As reported in the A&T, the developer stated last September that it was working on plans to build 96 homes on the site.

However, the formal application submitted last month now contains fewer units.

Ben Arnold, land and planning director at Pennyfarthing, said the reduction was due to concerns raised about “over-development” of the site on the rural edge of Fordingbridge as well as the position of green and public open space.

He said: “We are really pleased with the amended scheme and it will make for a very spacious and attractive development.”

The site, of just over five hectares, will also be developed to include public open space and a new access road via a new priority T-junction, if approved.

There will be 151 parking spaces created through a mixture of private driveways, garages and small parking courts.

The application stated: “The scheme will deliver a mix of high-quality homes, specially designed for the site to reflect New Forest character. It will deliver much-needed homes for the district, in a location and at a time when they are needed.”

The application has so far received nine letters of objection, with residents concerned about overdevelopment, an increase in traffic and the loss of green space.

One wrote: “This is just another large development that does not benefit the town and ever encroaches onto the diminishing countryside.”

Another added: “This will increase more pressures on healthcare, which are already struggling, schooling, amenities, and destroy the wildlife around us. Fordingbridge cannot cope with more housing. This is a small community town which will be lost.”

The public consultation runs until Friday 19th March and NFDC is expected to make a decision in April.

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