PLANNING approval has been granted for the final phase of a housing development which will see 38 new homes built.

Phase three of Pennyfarthing Homes’ Potters Wood development in Verwood will bring the total number of homes on the scheme up to 268.

To address local housing needs, 19 units will be designated as affordable ‘First Homes’ designed to support first-time buyers and key workers in the area.

The affordable units will consist of two and three-bedroom houses, as well as one and two-bedroom flats.

The remaining 19 open market homes will offer a variety of options for customers, including two-and three-bedroom bungalows and three-bedroom houses.

Two phases of homes in Potters Wood have already been built.Two phases of homes in Potters Wood have already been built. (Image: Pennyfarthing Homes)

The new phase is situated on a four-acre greenfield site and will feature an open space, providing residents with accessible recreational areas and landscaped grounds.

Nearby is an existing Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) and a recently refurbished council-owned playground, funded by the developer.

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Managing director Matt Dukes said: "Potters Wood has been a major success, proving highly popular with local home-movers and people wanting to move closer to the New Forest.

"We are proud to see it come to full fruition with planning approval for this final phase of 38 new homes. By making half of those homes available on an affordable basis we are once again reinforcing our commitment to delivering high-quality, accessible housing for the Verwood community.

"We look forward to seeing the positive impact this final phase of the development will have on local residents and the broader area."

Construction of the final phase is set to begin later this year, with the first homes expected to be available by January 2025.