AN ONLINE meeting is being held to discuss proposals for 240 new homes near Fordingbridge.

It will take place virtual via Zoom on Wednesday, September 9 at 7.30pm.

The meeting had been due to be held by Fordingbridge Town Council’s planning committee on Wednesday, August 12 but was postponed to allow for further information about the plans to be made available.

The application seeking outline planning permission for the development on land to the north of Station Road has been submitted to New Forest District Council by Infinite Homes Ltd.

The proposals include a new access off Station Road to the site as well as 10.7 hectares of open space, off-street car parking and access roads.

The site lies between Fordingbridge and Ashford.

There have been more than 100 objections submitted online over the plans on New Forest District Council’s website.

Concerns raised include the impact on traffic in Station Road and the town centre and infrastructure as well as on doctors, dentists and schools and concerns over the Station Road access.

A planning statement submitted with the plans states that of the 240 homes, 40 per cent would be affordable housing - including ten dwellings for assisted living.

There would be 12 one-bed properties, 95 two-bed, 113 three-bed homes, 16 four-bed dwellings and four five-bed properties. These would be made up of a mix of flats and terraced and semi-detached and detached properties.

As well as land for open space there would be 5km of new footpath, cycleway and bridleway routes.

Fordingbridge Town Council is able to comment on planning applications but the final decision is made by the planning authority, New Forest District Council.

Members of the public are able to view the online meeting.

More information on how to join the Zoom town council meeting is available on the town council’s website,

Those wishing to attend the meeting contact or call 01425 654134.

To view the application go to New Forest District Council’s website and use reference 20/10522.