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Letter: Chaos and flooding from new homes in Bransgore

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SIR – Here are some headings from recent national newspapers: “PM pledges no homes on green land”; “Thousands of new homes will be in areas at risk of flooding”; and “Brace yourselves for flooding say experts as wetter winter is forecast”.

Yet New Forest District Council have allocated in the Local Plan at least 100 houses on a green field south of Derritt Lane, Bransgore – additionally, one that is part of a flood plain.

This particular proposed development is actually situated in Sopley although right on the border with Bransgore. It is an area well known for flooding, where several residents have attempted the flood waters only to need the help of the local farmers to pull their cars out of the water.

100 homes are planned for Derritt Lane in Bransgore
100 homes are planned for Derritt Lane in Bransgore

Additionally, the local pumping station has for many years been inadequate, with sewage coming up through drains in bad weather.

Bransgore is the area that will be affected not Sopley. There is nothing in Sopley, whereas we have a parade of shops in Bransgore, including a post office.

Bransgore CofE Primary School is already oversubscribed, Doctors are stretched and we have almost no public transport with existing services being scrapped.

Another 100 houses will create 200 cars with masses more emissions, just when we are asking the world to keep to 1.5 degrees. There is little or no work in Bransgore, many more cars on our narrow country roads as people will look to work in towns such as Poole or Southampton.

NFDC are determined to go ahead and do not want to listen to our voices, we are seemingly of no concern.

We just wait for the chaos and the flooding.

June Richards,

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