Anger at Oceanic Galaxy’s plan for Cork’s Farm, Marchwood

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A storm of protest welcomed plans to build industrial units and up to 150 homes in a green space in a Hampshire village.

An application for the redevelopment of a 12.3-hectare site at Cork’s Farm, Marchwood, has sparked more than 90 objections from local residents.

The plan was also criticized in a parish council meeting attended by about 100 villagers.

Speaking after the debate, former parish council chairman Richard Young said, “As it stands, this practice is absolutely unacceptable to our community.

“At the end of the meeting, it was so humbling for my colleagues and I to receive a public applause.”

Applicant Oceanic Galaxy says the plan will provide 3.19 hectares of employment, more than five hectares of social space, and lots of new homes – many of which will be affordable.

However, opponents claim that the plan will create additional traffic problems and also result in the loss of a site from scratch. They also fear that the proposed development will cause flooding problems.

Diane King is one of the persistent Marchwood residents. new forest The District Council rejects the application.

The appeal letter states: “The village is already severely damaged by excessive traffic, particularly noise, pollution and heavy vehicles damaging the road.”

Other protester Claire Metcalfe adds: “This is a village that has absorbed an industrial development. Now is the time to stop.”

The industrial element of the plan also came under fire by Marchwood county councilor David Harrison.

He called the lack of affordable housing in the New Forest “scandalous” and said a development aimed at solving the problem should be widely welcomed.

But he added: “One thing Marwwood doesn’t need is more industrial units occupying valuable green lands.”

Oceanic’s filing says the size of the plan represents a “relatively small increase” in the urban part of Marchwood.

The practice identifies industrial units as a viable form of development “given the proximity of various industrial uses to the west of the site.”

He adds: “The proposals show how employment land can be provided in an accessible and sustainable location with little impact on residential land.

“A clear advantage of these proposals is that the employment land is located within the Marchwood residential boundary and most importantly the site takes advantage of significant capacity in the existing road infrastructure.

“Placing jobs closer to homes is seen as a way to deal with long journeys, the resulting carbon emissions and the impact on regional road infrastructure.”