New Forest District Council is planning to undertake maintenance works to the lower (stepped) sea wall, adjacent to Hurst Road East car park, Milford-on-Sea.
These are essential works in order to repair damaged areas of the concrete sea wall caused by repeated shingle abrasion since it was constructed in the 1960s. The work is to ensure the sea wall remains intact and continues to perform its function. Without maintenance it is likely that over time the sea wall will be subject to significant future damage. This is the first phase of maintenance works to the wall; subsequent phases of work will need to follow on which are likely to be carried out in 2019/20.
In order to undertake these works, part of the eastern side of the car park will be closed to the public, to allow the contractor to operate a secure compound for the duration of the works (please see map below). Temporary pedestrian and vehicular diversions will be in place to manage access within the car park and around the works.
The scope of the work is to undertake concrete repairs to the sea wall. To facilitate the work there is likely to be increased noise generated by power tools, as well as from plant operating in the working area. There are also likely to be periodic deliveries of equipment and materials. Access to the lower foreshore will be restricted in the works area (yellow hatch) during working hours.
The work is planned to start on Monday 01/10/18, with completion approximately 4 to 5 weeks later (subject to suitable weather and tide). As the work is tidally restricted, working times will need to allow for this; however, it is anticipated that the majority of work will be undertaken between 7am & 6pm, Monday to Friday (apologies for any inconvenience caused).
The developer of MOS1 site – land North of School Road – has appealed to the Planning Inspectorate in a bid to overturn the decision of New Forest District Council to refuse their application to build 42 homes there.
To view the grounds of appeal please refer to the “Appeal Form” document attached to the case on the District Council’s website:
The Planning Inspectorate have an online appeals service which you can use to comment on this appeal at https://acp.planninginspectorate.gov.uk, these must be made by 19/10/2018.
If you prefer to write in, please write quoting the appeal reference to the Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6PN to arrive no later than 19/10/2018.
The Parish Council has requested that the hearing be held locally – we will keep you informed of progress on this.
Milford-on- Sea Parish Council strongly opposes the release of Green Belt for the development of 110 homes on Strategic site 7. Building on the Green Belt should be considered only in exceptional circumstances and always in response to local need. NFDC planning officers are reported as stating that Green Belt development is inappropriate, Milford’s local need is not for more private sector homes but for family affordable accommodation which would likely form a small part of this proposed development if this land was removed from the Green Belt.
The Parish Council has grave concerns that should this land be released, developers would not comply with the stated requirements for affordable homes to be built. There is strong evidence to support this as recent press coverage on the release of Green Belt has highlighted. This is proved by Milford’s recent experience at the school lane site (MoS1), where a recent planning application took little or no regard for the conditions already set down by central government as well as the inspectorate and unbelievably was supported by NFDC Planning officers.
How can residents and the Parish Council have any faith in the new Local Plan bearing in mind these events?
The existing area is on a road leading to the school, which is walked by residents of all ages. The proposed development would therefore adversely impact on a great many residents and should not be removed from the current Green Belt village boundary.
The Local plan is not sound for the following reasons:
- The overall assessment of need is exaggerated. Two very different assessments have been presented by NFDC both contain conjecture as to demand.
- The assessment of need in Milford-on-Sea is also exaggerated. There is no economic or social housing need that must be accommodated by building on the Green Belt as there are significant vacant sites within the village envelope that stand ready for development. There is an additional Green Belt exception site in the existing Plan for 30 units of varying types which has not been developed.
- If these existing sites were developed the real need for affordable housing in the village would benefit local residents and not those migrating into the village who often seek to buy second homes, would be met.
- Other sources of additional housing include the steady intensification of land use within the village and the recent conversion of a holiday park to permanent accommodation.
Milford-on-Sea’s infrastructure is already under considerable strain, including:
- The Road System: this suffers from a T junction bottleneck leaving the village and added congestion at the school adjacent to the proposed site would render Manor Road, The Lymington Road and other surrounding roads crowded and dangerous at all times not just during school terms. The proposed development would also add additional pollution to the area where the Junior School is situated. Because the proposed site is some distance from the village centre this would add to the flow of traffic into an already busy the village centre with increasingly little parking available.
- Public services: the school is already over-subscribed and the medical services are also at full stretch serving a particularly high proportion of older residents.
- Effect on wildlife population: the proposed site hosts diverse and thriving wild life including Roaming Deer, Badgers, Foxes, Buzzards, Nesting Birds, Voles and Owls and thus the proposed development would have an extreme detrimental effect on the village’s wild life population.
- The sewage system: this frequently causes sewerage to flow into people’s homes; despite considerable expenditure by the water authorities the current system is not fit for purpose. Any addition to the current system would be short sighted and possibly dangerous to property and life.
The Consultation Process
NFDC have arranged two consultation processes – both include the holiday months of July and August. The suggested format for responses is, for the responders, in an unfriendly format that is cumbersome, repetitive and time-consuming.
This has inevitably has a chilling effect on the willingness and patience of responders.
The District Council has launched the next round of consultation for their revised Local Plan. This puts forward a site north of Manor Road for “at least 110 houses” (MOS2). The Parish Office has the District Council’s plans available for people to look at and paper copies of the comment forms, or the full plans and online comments can be accessed from NFDC’s website here: http://www.newforest.gov.uk/localplan2016. Milford pages are on page 120 (128 in the document).
The closing date for public comments is 12th August 2018.
Following this, the District Council will liaise with the Parish Council with regard to site-specific details to form the Strategic Sites Masterplanning
Supplementary Planning Document on issues such as housing tenure, access, sewage and other infrastructure issues.
The Parish Council’s response to the consultation will be decided at the next Planning Committee on Monday 6th August at 6.30pm in the Village Hall. All are welcome to attend. If you would like to speak for 3 minutes please contact the Parish Office.
To view the agenda click here
Following much work by the Parish Council and local residents, District Councillors unanimously voted to refuse the Pennyfarthing Developments planning application for 42 homes on the MOS1 site on land north of School Lane.
The Parish Council would like to thank all local residents for their efforts in getting to this outcome and the District Councillors for upholding the Local Plan and greenbelt policy which set out that only 30 affordable homes should be built on this former greenbelt site.
The developer could still appeal this decision but we will keep you informed.
Planning Application 17/10606 – Land North of School Lane, Milford-on-Sea – is due to be heard at NFDC’s Planning Committee on 11th July at 9am.
The meeting will be held at the Council Chamber, Appletree Court, Lyndhurst and members of the public can attend but cannot speak.
More information can be found here: https://democracy.newforest.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=504&MId=6633&Ver=4