A plan to build 143 homes near the Hampshire Nature Reserve is expected to be approved next week, despite more than 500 objections to the plan.
members of new forest The district council is being recommended to approve an application submitted by Gladman Developments, which seeks to develop a site off Snell Lane, Blashford.
Gladman says the homes – 50% of which will be affordable – will help tackle the region’s housing shortage.
However, the site’s proximity to Blashford Lakes – flooded former gravel pits used for nature conservation and recreational activities – has resulted in a large number of objections.
Protesters include TV naturalist Chris Packham, who says Blashford Lake is popular with otters and more than 100 species of birds.
Other objections include Ringwood Town Council and others from Ellingham, Harbridge and Ebbsey parish councils. Both have raised concerns about the potential impact of the houses on local infrastructure and Snail Lane, a private road used by ordinary people to drive livestock into the New Forest.
The Bournemouth and Christchurch NHS Foundation Trust wants the developer to contribute £142,092 towards the cost of support Health facilities in the area.
The application has 529 . has started Letter of objection and of support only.
But the members of the planning committee of the Zilla Parishad will be recommended to approve the application in the meeting to be held next week.
A report to councillors says: “Overall, while a small portion of the proposed development is contrary to the policy, it is believed to meet three key objectives of sustainable development.
“It will serve social objectives by creating a safe, vibrant and healthy new community; and it will meet environmental objectives by securing a high-quality built environment and protecting and enhancing the natural environment.”
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