Controversial multi-million pound plans for 175 homes on greenfield site in Ringwood get the go-ahead

Bournemouth Echo: FEARS: Cllr Jeremy Heron FEARS: Cllr Jeremy Heron

CONTROVERSIAL plans to build up to 175 homes on a greenfield site in the New Forest have got the go-ahead.

Civic chiefs have approved a multi-million-pound plan to redevelop land at Crow Lane, Ringwood, despite receiving more than 130 objections.

The scheme, which includes light industry, a hotel and a nursing home, could create as many as 260 jobs.

But people living near the site say it will increase traffic problems, including on the A31, as well as increase the flood risk.

The scheme, by Linden Homes and Hampshire County Council, was approved by just two votes at a meeting of the district’s planning committee.

During a long debate several members called for the application to be deferred pending an in-depth examination of the proposals and objections.

Ringwood councillor Michael Thierry cited what he called “alarming gaps” in the report presented to the committee.

He added: “There are sound, sensible reasons for a deferral.

“It would encourage the applicants to look again at what they’re proposing and hopefully come back with a revised scheme that’s acceptable.”

Cllr Maureen Holding added: “There’s a lot about this that I don’t like. Linden are a very good firm and I think they’ll get there in the end, but I don’t believe we can approve something as open-ended as this.”

Cllr Jeremy Heron, who also represents Ringwood, dismissed assurances given by highway experts.

He told the committee: “Every single resident down there knows that what these people are saying is complete nonsense. This is going to create huge amounts of traffic.”

But planning officer Chris Elliott said proposed improvements to junctions in the area meant the roads could cope with extra vehicles.

Commenting on an objection by the New Forest National Park Authority he said numbers driving across the national park to the proposed development would be “minimal”.

Planning consultant Bob Sellwood, representing the applicants, stressed that half the homes would be social housing.

The scheme was approved by eight votes to six.

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8:05am Sun 13 Apr 14

Time_Traveller says...

Why build on greenfield sites, when there are countless brown field sites in the area?
Why build on greenfield sites, when there are countless brown field sites in the area? Time_Traveller
  • Score: 32

8:23am Sun 13 Apr 14

loftusrod says...

What's the point of greenfield sites?
What's the point of greenfield sites? loftusrod
  • Score: 18

8:48am Sun 13 Apr 14

Phixer says...

loftusrod wrote:
What's the point of greenfield sites?
Do you really want to live in a world of wall-to-wall concrete? Go back and live in your city.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: What's the point of greenfield sites?[/p][/quote]Do you really want to live in a world of wall-to-wall concrete? Go back and live in your city. Phixer
  • Score: 9

8:53am Sun 13 Apr 14

apm1954 says...

overdue, should build many many more, well done the council.
overdue, should build many many more, well done the council. apm1954
  • Score: -24

9:33am Sun 13 Apr 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

For the sake of us reading/watching the news and listening to the same stories about homes being flooded by a river 100m away....don't build on a flood plain.
For the sake of us reading/watching the news and listening to the same stories about homes being flooded by a river 100m away....don't build on a flood plain. Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: 21

9:36am Sun 13 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

I Wouldn't like to see the inside of a council bedsit
let alone the smelly george scumbags that live there rent free
count me out I would rather live in a disused shepherds hut in mister Bigsnot's square field down yonder.
I Wouldn't like to see the inside of a council bedsit let alone the smelly george scumbags that live there rent free count me out I would rather live in a disused shepherds hut in mister Bigsnot's square field down yonder. nickynoodah
  • Score: -11

9:41am Sun 13 Apr 14

r-westy says...

this land is surrounded by housing and light industry now, its hardly in the middle of the new forest and seems a perfect site for development,. the town needs housing and employment. this seems to be NIMBY complaints, get on and build them
this land is surrounded by housing and light industry now, its hardly in the middle of the new forest and seems a perfect site for development,. the town needs housing and employment. this seems to be NIMBY complaints, get on and build them r-westy
  • Score: -3

9:48am Sun 13 Apr 14

High Treason says...

We never learn. People breed and breed, not through but basic ****, many born are unwanted and neglected. We import more and more people from abroad, therefore we need more housing, Meanwhile we are told to produce more and more goods and food, thus creating more pollution. It has to end but no doubt nature will end it all when it becomes to much for the planet to cope with.
We never learn. People breed and breed, not through but basic ****, many born are unwanted and neglected. We import more and more people from abroad, therefore we need more housing, Meanwhile we are told to produce more and more goods and food, thus creating more pollution. It has to end but no doubt nature will end it all when it becomes to much for the planet to cope with. High Treason
  • Score: 18

9:54am Sun 13 Apr 14

goatty says...

Another Turlin Moor in the making.
Another Turlin Moor in the making. goatty
  • Score: 0

4:03pm Sun 13 Apr 14

breamoreboy says...

loftusrod wrote:
What's the point of greenfield sites?
Profit, as they're easier to build on than brown field sites.
[quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: What's the point of greenfield sites?[/p][/quote]Profit, as they're easier to build on than brown field sites. breamoreboy
  • Score: 7

5:14pm Sun 13 Apr 14

echor23 says...

Because the majority of people who live on council estates are unemployed, have no care for themselves or others, breed like rabbits, do nothing but expect everything and treat their local surroundings discustingly. They strive for nothing!
Because the majority of people who live on council estates are unemployed, have no care for themselves or others, breed like rabbits, do nothing but expect everything and treat their local surroundings discustingly. They strive for nothing! echor23
  • Score: -3

8:09pm Sun 13 Apr 14

nickynoodah says...

George mullet head will live quite happily in a skip providing its free you know
George mullet head will live quite happily in a skip providing its free you know nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

8:56pm Sun 13 Apr 14

BIGTONE says...

Planning consultant Bob Sellwood, representing the applicants, stressed that half the homes would be social housing.......



The buzz word "affordable" is missing.
It would have sailed through if they had stated that.
Planning consultant Bob Sellwood, representing the applicants, stressed that half the homes would be social housing....... The buzz word "affordable" is missing. It would have sailed through if they had stated that. BIGTONE
  • Score: 0

9:45am Mon 14 Apr 14

Bonkeydollocks says...

There is a good brownfield site where the old Wellworthy factory used to be. It has been laid derelict for years. Others are right, it certainly does flood round there and the roads cannot cope - particularly Eastfield Lane out to the A31 junction.
There is a good brownfield site where the old Wellworthy factory used to be. It has been laid derelict for years. Others are right, it certainly does flood round there and the roads cannot cope - particularly Eastfield Lane out to the A31 junction. Bonkeydollocks
  • Score: 7

8:18pm Mon 14 Apr 14

cromwell9 says...

apm1954 wrote:
overdue, should build many many more, well done the council.
apm154,wont be saying that,when we run out of food,
People like you think the FAIRYS grow it and put it on the sheves,
Give me strength,
[quote][p][bold]apm1954[/bold] wrote: overdue, should build many many more, well done the council.[/p][/quote]apm154,wont be saying that,when we run out of food, People like you think the FAIRYS grow it and put it on the sheves, Give me strength, cromwell9
  • Score: 2

8:20pm Mon 14 Apr 14

cromwell9 says...

r-westy wrote:
this land is surrounded by housing and light industry now, its hardly in the middle of the new forest and seems a perfect site for development,. the town needs housing and employment. this seems to be NIMBY complaints, get on and build them
More second homes,
[quote][p][bold]r-westy[/bold] wrote: this land is surrounded by housing and light industry now, its hardly in the middle of the new forest and seems a perfect site for development,. the town needs housing and employment. this seems to be NIMBY complaints, get on and build them[/p][/quote]More second homes, cromwell9
  • Score: -2

8:25pm Mon 14 Apr 14

cromwell9 says...

goatty wrote:
Another Turlin Moor in the making.
You MORON,
There are many nice familys live on the Moor,including Elderly people,
You have know write to rubbish any area in any town.
We are all human beings and should respect and care for eachother,
You sad person,
[quote][p][bold]goatty[/bold] wrote: Another Turlin Moor in the making.[/p][/quote]You MORON, There are many nice familys live on the Moor,including Elderly people, You have know write to rubbish any area in any town. We are all human beings and should respect and care for eachother, You sad person, cromwell9
  • Score: -4

8:55am Tue 15 Apr 14

speedy231278 says...

Phixer wrote:
loftusrod wrote:
What's the point of greenfield sites?
Do you really want to live in a world of wall-to-wall concrete? Go back and live in your city.
Perhaps the OP is asking what is the point of declaring a site 'greenfield' if a bunch of rich property developers (aka Tories) can come along and get their councillor chums to approve building on it?
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loftusrod[/bold] wrote: What's the point of greenfield sites?[/p][/quote]Do you really want to live in a world of wall-to-wall concrete? Go back and live in your city.[/p][/quote]Perhaps the OP is asking what is the point of declaring a site 'greenfield' if a bunch of rich property developers (aka Tories) can come along and get their councillor chums to approve building on it? speedy231278
  • Score: 3

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