THE number of new homes on Barton Farm could jump from 2,000 to 2,017 as developers plan a handful of extra houses.

Bargate Homes will apply to build 17 homes on the site of the farm buildings, including houses of up to four bedrooms and a three-storey block of flats.

The plans represent the final piece of the puzzle for the new estate, which is set to become Winchester’s biggest development in 30 years.

Barns, vehicle storage and a builder’s yard will be demolished to make way, but offices used by the National Farmers’ Union will remain.

In a letter to residents, Bargate said the plans will cut traffic on Andover Road by replacing commercial space supplied by agricultural vehicles.

The site would be accessed through Andover Road near the junction with Stoney Lane, which is set to become a cul-de-sac as the main road into Winchester diverts through the new estate.

The plans also include a pedestrian and cycle path connecting the new estate with Weeke.

Cala Homes was given consent in 2012 to build 2,000 houses, a 60-bed care home, office space and a new primary school.