PLANS to build 63 homes will be coming before Fordingbridge councillors next week. 

The application for land at Burgate Acres, Salisbury Road is due to be discussed by Fordingbridge Town Council's planning committee on Wednesday (November 11). However, the final decision on whether planning permission is granted will be made by New Forest District Council. 

The proposals for 63 homes have been submitted by Metis Homes to New Forest District Council and also include the creation of a new access and open space.

Amendments have been made to the proposals which include reducing the number of homes proposed from 74 to 63.

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A letter submitted by Metis Homes said: "The resultant reduction in density has enabled a greater level of open space and ANRG (Alternative Natural Recreational Greenspace) to be delivered on site, in addition to more areas for new planting around the existing mature landscape structure.

"The resultant level of open space and ANRG are both now in excess of the levels prescribed within supplementary planning guidance and act to create a series of connected spaces within the site and beyond its boundaries."

The site is part of a larger area of land identified as Strategic Site 18 within New Forest District Council's local plan.

Vehicle access, the plans state, will be from a new junction onto the A338 Salisbury Road into the Burgate Acres parcel adjacent to Burgate School.

The amended design proposal says the maximum scale of the properties will be storey The plans also state: "The dwellings continue to be arranged in a variety of forms including detached, semi-detached and short terraces or linked groups."

Members of the public can attend the planning committee meeting, which will be held online via Zoom at 7.30pm. For details on how to join the online meeting go to the town council's website

For more information about the plans go to the New Forest District Council website