CALLS for 100% affordable housing provision were made by New Milton councillors as they heard early proposals for a 16-home development on a greenbelt site.
The scheme for Spring Lane in Becton was presented to town council planning committee representatives by Ziyad Thomas, planning manager for AJC Homes, the affordable housing element of Poole-based AJ Developments.
It has since applied to New Forest District Council for outline planning permission to build 10 three-bedroom and six two-bedroom properties, five of which will be market housing to enable grant funding.
But Cllr Robert Murrow was among those who felt market housing should not be included when he heard the proposal with representatives including fellow ward member Cllr David Hawkins.
Cllr Murrow told the A&T: “For Spring Lane, I would prefer 100% affordable housing. We’ve been up against a lot of knocking down and rebuilding, and I just feel some people are coming along looking to make money on the backs of others.
“As a councillor, I work 100% for the residents of this town, not second-home owners looking for a holiday home.”
During the presentation, councillors questioned the scheme’s high density and suggested potential play equipment on-site due to its distance from Ashley Recreation Ground. Mr Thomas agreed to pass on these points.
Speaking to the A&T, Mr Cracklen emphasised the majority share of affordable housing as part of a rural exception site.
“This is what sets us apart from most developers,” he said. “We are passionate advocates for affordable housing and, if planned, designed and managed sensitively, the benefits it brings to local communities such as New Milton.
“There are currently 143 household applicants on the Housing Register for social housing in the town and we hope to be able to alleviate some of that need if our application is successful.”
If outline permission is received from NFDC, the reserved matters application is set to deal with issues such as drainage and ecology. Even if approved, a detailed plan would have to be passed before work could begin.