PLANNERS are set to give final approval to detailed plans for a controversial major housing estate at Alresford.

Taylor Wimpey already had permission for around 320 houses off Sun Lane, along with open space and an area for employment.

Now Taylor Wimpey has applied for detailed approval for 302 homes as well as the housing design, layout and landscaping, with details of the open space and park and stride site.

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Planning officers at the city council are recommending approval when the scheme comes to the planning committee on Wednesday February 16.

The employment area to the south of the site, just off the proposed roundabout off the town bypass, is not part of this application.

There were objections for 38 households with some objections not realising that the principle of development has already been granted.

Objections include: blandness of the design; the climate emergency not being addressed; the lack of an overflow facility on the wet lower part of the site; the inadequate size of the park and stride car park.

Alresford Town Council and Alresford Society has also raised concerns including light and noise pollution from the new roundabout, disruption to nearby properties during construction, and drainage issues already in Whitehill Road.

Hampshire Chronicle: Artist's impression of the house designs. Photo: WCC

Green campaigners New Leaf Alresford said the development should not continue to use gas utilities and it makes no provision for EV charging.

Of the 302 units, there will be 26 one-bedroom houses, 80 two-beds, 111 three-beds, 61 four-beds and 24 five beds.

Forty per cent of the estate will be affordable, with to rent 22 one-beds, 40 two-beds, 20 three-beds and three four-beds. There will be shared ownership too with four one-beds, 24 two-beds, eight three-beds and no four-beds. The homes will be scattered through the development.

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A report to the planning committee said: "The layout and design of the scheme is considered to respect the character of the area and adverse harm is not found. The plans now show a natural open space with paths crossing the entire site and connecting into the residential phase, employment phase and connections onto Sun Lane. A centralised play area has been introduced which was previously in multiple locations across the open space and in the central green area of the residential estate.

"In discussions with the Town Council, the applicant has also included a bike track toward the centre of the space, surrounded by trees for landscaping. The simplicity of the space and careful positioning of features results in a significant open space both for the development and for New Alresford. The parkland plan is considered acceptable from a planning perspective and achieves a high quality space."


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