Key points of the plans are:
• The delivery of 169 much needed new homes for New Milton, 50% of which will be affordable homes.
• Improved provision of open greenspace, a key policy requirement for the site. To alleviate pressures on the New Forest National Park, the Council has detailed policy on how new housing developments should incorporate Alternative Natural Recreational Greenspace (ANRG). After discussions with the Council, changes have been made and the plans are now policy compliant.
• Redesign of the pedestrian and cycle links. The large open space at the southern side of the site provides more foot- and cycle paths for people to enjoy the area. The path in the east of the site has been moved further away from the Danes Stream, creating a larger buffer to the stream in support of local wildlife.
• The new homes have been positioned in a ‘meandering’ village layout, rather than the initial more ‘linear’ approach. This is more in keeping with the surrounding area and gives the new neighbourhood a rural feel.
• Density of the homes is now highest around the entrance access road and reduces towards the northern, eastern and southern periphery.
• There will be a substantial net increase in tree and hedgerow planting, which supports biodiversity and residential amenity, and shields the development from outside views.
• Further traffic surveys have been undertaken and the results underpin the earlier conclusion that the proposed development will not have a significant impact on the local road network. However in this day and age people are encouraged to reduce their car use, therefore a Framework Travel Plan has been produced for the site. This identifies opportunities for the effective delivery of sustainable transport initiatives through the promotion of active modes, i.e. walking and cycling, alongside public transport.
Below are two artist’s impressions of what the access road into the development may look like, as well as the submitted masterplan showing the proposed layout of the site.