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Bargate Homes' plans revealed for 103 homes on Hordle fields near Everton Road

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PLANS to build 103 new homes on fields and paddocks near Everton Road in Hordle have been submitted to New Forest District Council.

The scheme, by Bargate Homes, proposes the development of 51 open-market homes and 52 social and affordable homes on former greenbelt land which was allocated for housing development in NFDC’s Local Plan document.

The 6.67 hectare site was included in NFDC’s keystone planning document which identifies sites outside the national park where 10,500 new homes will be built by 2036, with the Everton Road north site already allocated for the development of at least 100 homes.

Everton Road Homes Bargate (54374783)
Everton Road Homes Bargate (54374783)

Bargate Homes has also included details of public open space that will be developed with native tress, scrubs and meadow planting to encourage wildlife, as well as a boardwalk, dog agility area, bench seating and a children’s play trail.

Accessed at the northern end of Everton Road, the development will also include a vehicle access point on Silver Street and 200 allocated parking spaces, set out as courtyard parking, on-street parking and private parking spaces.

The proposal includes 12 one-bedroom properties, 42 two-bed, 35 three-bed and 15 homes with at least four bedrooms. The design and access statement reveals: “The scheme will take most of its cues from the traditional 19th and 20th century houses that are to be found within the settlement.”

An artist's impression of some of the homes
An artist's impression of some of the homes

“This isn’t intended to be prescriptive or restrict design to copying existing development, but to ensure that development is in keeping with the immediate environment and suite a development within a landscaped context.”

However, concerns have been raised about the impact of the development on local roads, and disturbance caused by construction vehicles.

An Everton Road resident warned: “With the addition of possibly 200 more vehicles, Everton Road is likely to be overwhelmed with traffic, to the extent that it becomes impassable at times. In addition, the extra traffic can only make the appalling condition of the road, north of Woodcock Lane, even worse than it is now. Much more thought needs to be given to access.”

An artist's impression
An artist's impression

Cllr Maggie Hill chairman of Hordle Parish Council, said the application was set to be discussed at a meeting on 15th February. She added: “We have been in discussions with Bargate Homes for around a year leading up to this application. On the whole they have communicated with the village well with a significant mailshots and several consultation events.”

“They have listened to our feedback and responded where possible – but I don’t think it would have been possible for them to address all our concerns. We will continue listening to what residents have to say before we make a final recommendation.”

The public have until Friday 11th February to comment on the plans via the NFDC website.

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