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Twelve affordable homes to be built at former Testwood Club in Totton

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A FORMER social club will be demolished and replaced with 12 affordable homes if plans submitted to NFDC are given the go-ahead.

The council bought the Testwood Club site off Salisbury Road in 2019 following its closure the previous year.

The club had been trading for 70 years, and members who hoped to keep it afloat even set up a Friends of Testwood Club group to look at ways of saving the popular facility.

The former Testwood Club will be demolished if planning permission is granted for the site
The former Testwood Club will be demolished if planning permission is granted for the site

The council's planning application states it wants to build one and two-bedroom properties at the site, as well as 18 parking spaces. The new buildings would be a mixture of two and three storeys. All homes would be available for social rent and allocated to tenants on the housing waiting list.

Documents state: "This design will provide much-needed affordable homes on a vacant brownfield site, within close reach of amenities. All flats have been orientated to allow for good levels of natural light, and in terms of amenity space, each flat has a private balcony or, if on ground floor, a patio."

There are currently 208 people on the council's waiting list for homes in Totton, with 80% in need of one and two-bedroom properties, the council states. It adds: "Providing affordable homes for local people forms part of how New Forest District Council will deliver its priorities [in the] Housing Strategy. The provision of these 12 new affordable homes will have a significant impact on providing affordable homes for local people."

So far, the council has received five letters of objection to the plans, with residents concerned it is out of keeping for the area and will increase traffic.

The application will be decided once the public consultation period ends on 9th August.

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