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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
Following a packed public meeting, The Parish Council would like to thank all those who attended and for putting forward their very useful and illuminating views. At the current time the deadline for submitting comments to NFDC is still uncertain; as a result, the Parish Council urges all those who would like to comment to do so as soon as possible.
If you commented on the previous application you need to resubmit your comments for these amended plans
Comments can be made – quoting application reference 17/10606 – as follows:
Online – click here
Email – email@example.com
Letter – Planning Department, Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA
To download key information you may wish to include in your comments click here
You may also wish to email or write to the members of NFDC’s Planning Committee who will make the final decision on this application. Click here to download their contact details: New Forest District Council Planning Committee Members june 2018
If you would like to get involved further, send us your contact details by clicking here
For full details on all the plans click here
Wednesday 20th June at 8pm
Community Centre, Sea Road
All welcome – come along and have your say about Pennyfarthing’s latest plans for 42 homes and public open space on the plot of land north of School Lane.
To view the plans visit NFDC’s website: http://planning.newforest.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=documents&keyVal=_NEWFO_DCAPR_201161
There will be a guest speaker to explain the future of the War Memorial Hospital at the of Milford Hospital League of Friends AGM on Tuesday 15th May at 3pm.
The meeting will be held at the Community Centre, Sea Road. The meeting is open to everyone and there will be refreshments available.
The Parish Council’s Annual Parish Meeting takes place on Monday 14th May at 7.30pm at All Saints Church Hall, Greenbanks Close, Milford-on-Sea SO41 0SQ
Come along and find out what the Parish Council have achieved in the past year and ask your Councillors any questions you may have about the work of the Council. No need to book – just turn up!
Download a copy of the 2017/18 Annual Report here
Download the agenda here
NATURAL ENGLAND NEWS RELEASE
• Report proposes improved public access to more of Hampshire’s coast
• The 57km route stretches from Highcliffe to Calshot, Hampshire
• Objections or representations invited
There is now a period of eight weeks for legal interests and members of the public to make objections or representations that the Secretary of State must take into account when considering whether to approve the proposals.
If approved, this route will become part of the England Coast Path – the 2,700 mile long distance walking route and England’s newest National Trail currently being developed around the entire English coast by Natural England.
This is the second stretch of the England Coast Path to be developed in Hampshire, work on the final section, around the Isle of Wight began last year.
Fran Davies, Natural England’s Area Manager for Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight said: ‘We’re excited to publish our thoughts on the new route through this historic and environmentally rich coastal landscape, including a section on the southern shore of the New Forest National Park. Our proposals incorporate existing and new access, giving people the right of access to some parts of the coast for the first time.
‘We’ve worked closely with many landowners and partner organisations to get to this stage, for which we’re hugely appreciative. We look forward to hearing people’s views on these proposals for the new route along this beautiful stretch of coast.’
Oliver Crosthwaite Eyre, Chairman of the New Forest National Park Authority said: ‘When the Secretary of State has decided the route, we will be responsible for installing and maintaining the part that will be in the New Forest National Park to the highest standard. This should enable people to experience the wonderful New Forest coast, whilst also protecting the working landscape and the many wildlife species that thrive here.’
Anyone can make representations to Natural England about the report during the eight week period. Owners and occupiers of affected land can make objections about the report on specified grounds, which will be considered by a Planning Inspector before the Secretary of State makes a final decision.
All representations and objections must be received by Natural England no later than midnight on Wednesday 9 May 2018.
Copies of the report can be viewed in local libraries, and Natural England offices. The full report and all the forms and guidance on how to make a representation or objection within the next eight weeks are also available at www.gov.uk.
Notes to Editors
Natural England press office contact:
Paola Salcedo, 07768 834118, firstname.lastname@example.org
Charlotte Rose, 07717 816 618, email@example.com
Photos of the stretch are also available on request. Photos of horses at New Forest coastline, copyright NE.
The Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009 places a duty on the Secretary of State and Natural England to secure a long distance walking trail around the open coast of England, together with public access rights to a wider area of land along the way for people to enjoy.
Natural England is working on the entire coastal route, with new sections also opened in Cumbria, Norfolk and the North East.
The organisation has developed detailed plans and created further jobs to enable the entire 2,700 mile route to be completed and opened by 2020. A map showing a timetable for the work is here.
• The England Coast Path will be our longest, newest and most challenging National Trail, passing through some of our finest countryside and coastal locations.
• It will secure legal rights of public access for the first time to typical coastal land including foreshore, beaches, dunes and cliffs.
As well as recommending new sections to the route, the proposals outline improvements to existing access to the coastline, with proposals:
• to identify a clear and continuous way-marked walking route along this part of the coast, bringing some sections of the existing coastal footpath closer to the sea and linking some places together for the first time
• to allow the route to ‘roll back’ if the coastline erodes or slips, solving the long-standing difficulties of maintaining a continuous route along the coast.
About Natural England
Established in 2006, Natural England is the government’s independent adviser on the natural environment. Our work is focused on enhancing England’s wildlife and landscapes and maximising the benefits they bring to the public.
• We establish and care for England’s main wildlife and geological sites, ensuring that over 4,000 National Nature Reserves (NNRs) and Sites of Special Scientific Interest are looked after and improved.
• We work to ensure that England’s landscapes are effectively protected, designating England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and advising widely on their conservation.
• We run Environmental Stewardship and other green farming schemes that deliver over £400 million a year to farmers and landowners, enabling them to enhance the natural environment across two thirds of England’s farmland.
• We fund, manage, and provide scientific expertise for hundreds of conservation projects each year, improving the prospects for thousands of England’s species and habitats.
• We promote access to the wider countryside, helping establish National Trails and coastal trails and ensuring that the public can enjoy and benefit from them.
For more information, visit: www.gov.uk/naturalengland / Twitter @NaturalEngland
Locations to view the report in person
Copies of the report may be viewed at the following locations (please note however that copies are not available to take away):
- Natural England 2nd Floor Cromwell House, 15 Andover Rd, Winchester, Hants, SO23 7BT
- New Forest National Park Authority Lymington Town Hall, Avenue Road, Lymington, SO41 9ZG
- Lepe Country Park Lepe, Exbury, Southampton, SO45 1AD
- New Forest District Council Appletree Court, Beaulieu Road, Lyndhurst, SO43 7PA
- Lymington Library North Close, Lymington, SO41 9BW
- New Milton Library Gore Road, New Milton, BH25 6RW
- Hythe Library Pylewell Road, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6AQ