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Extraordinary meeting called to discuss 178-home plan for greenbelt land south of Gore Road, New Milton

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RESIDENTS are invited to an extraordinary meeting called to discuss a developer’s bid for 178 homes on greenbelt land in New Milton.

As reported in the A&T, Hurst Castle Ltd has submitted an outline proposal to New Forest District Council for a 10-acre site south of Gore Road, between Double H Nurseries and The Barn restaurant.

The town council’s planning committee is holding the special public meeting at New Milton Memorial Centre, off Whitefield Road, at 5.45pm on Friday 27th May.

An artist's impression of the plans
An artist's impression of the plans

Claiming it could deliver more than £5.7m in community funding, Hurst Castle Ltd said it could provide “significant financial contributions” for affordable housing in the New Forest and local infrastructure.

The outline plan only includes details of access, so even if it was allowed by NFDC further details would have to be approved later before work can begin.

It shows a mix of 150 open market homes plus 28 affordable units – of which 17 would be for rent, eight shared ownership and three starter homes.

Hurst Castle Ltd has submitted the outline proposal
Hurst Castle Ltd has submitted the outline proposal

The location is listed as a strategic housing site for at least 160 homes and public open space in NFDC’s Local Plan which contains core planning policies for development outside the national park until 2036.

Hurst Castle’s application is supported by an affordable housing and transport assessment claiming the proposal would have no undue impact on the highway network in terms of capacity or safety.

But all 15 public comments registered on NFDC’s planning website by Monday were objections.

The special public meeting will be held on 27th May
The special public meeting will be held on 27th May

The impact on highway safety was among issues raised, as well as loss of privacy to neighbouring properties and greenbelt land.

NFDC is expected to make a decision on the proposal by 19th July.

Those wishing to attend the extraordinary planning committee meeting should email info@newmiltontowncouncil.gov.uk no later than 24 hours beforehand.

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