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Letter: Ruining the charm of the only true village in the New Forest

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SIR – We read with great interest Dr D. J. Delany (Letters, 8th April) with regard to the proposed Pennyfarthing development off Manor Road, Milford (A&T, 1st April).

We fully endorse his remarks and concerns about this proposal and would like to add our concerns to this totally unacceptable large development within our village.

We have lived in Milford for the last 50 years and have enjoyed its charm as the only true village in the New Forest area. This will surely be ruined with further development into green spaces to be covered in concrete, which now enjoys grazing, agricultural benefits and wildlife.

Pennyfarthing Homes wants to build 191 homes at Manor Road
Pennyfarthing Homes wants to build 191 homes at Manor Road

The increase in traffic will be horrendous with such a large planned development. Access into the village from both directions is already a problem, especially at weekends, the whole summer season and all holiday times.

Access from and into Manor Road is a problem, especially at school times.

Access onto the A337 is already very difficult with long tailbacks which in turn affects our air quality.

At the entrance to Manor Road from the B3058 it floods at times and now increases to a dangerous level. With this proposed larger development we question what will happen to all the surface water.

We understand that the local council are in discussion about this oversized development. As far as we know, a formal planning application has not yet been received by the New Forest District Council.

If this does go ahead we are sure there will be unforeseen problems for the village and its residents.

E. and J. Barten,

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