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Pennyfarthing submits proposals for 111 new homes in Fordingbridge

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A DEVELOPER has announced plans to build 111 new homes in Fordingbridge in the first phase of a redevelopment strategy which could see over 400 built.

Pennyfarthing Homes wants to develop around 32 hectares of land west of Salisbury Street in Burgate, which is currently used for agriculture.

It has submitted a planning application to New Forest District Council comprising two parts. The first is for a full application for 111 homes, which would be a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments and two, three and four-bed houses.

Homes plan for the site in Fordingbridge
Homes plan for the site in Fordingbridge

The second is for outline permission for the land at Burgate, which forms part of a wider site allocated for homes by NFDC in its Local Plan.

Documents submitted to the council stated: "The outline application masterplan confirms a site capacity of up to 405 homes with alternative natural recreational green space, of which 111 dwellings are included within the first phase.

"The scheme comprises high-quality, New Forest-style homes which will include a good range of house sizes, types and tenures to deliver market and affordable housing for young people, families and the elderly."

It also outlined plans to build a community focal point, which would include a ground floor premises suitable for community use, as well as local employment, shopping and services.

A link road would be created between Augustus Avenue from Whitsbury Road and the A338, which would also have a new roundabout.

The application added: "The proposals will create an extension to Fordingbridge, a new neighbourhood that provides new homes set within a verdant and attractive environment, protecting and enhancing the extensive landscape and ecological value of the site."

So far there have been five objections from members of the public who have concerns over the additional traffic it would create, the impact on residents and the effect more homes would have on amenities such as doctors' surgeries and schools.

A decision will be made by the council early next year, once the public consultation period ends on 10th January 2022.

Pennyfarthing Homes has previously applied to build 400 properties on land to the west of Whitsbury Road, in addition to 63 new homes at Tinkers Cross.

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