The constraints and opportunities plan for the site. Click on the image to enlarge.
It is a privately owned greenfield site, with areas of ancient woodland which will be retained and enhanced as part of our scheme.
The site is bordered by Castle Lane to the south, and by existing residential properties off Knightwood Road, Chandler’s Ford, to the east. The Sandy Lane recreation ground, North Baddesley, lies to the west, while farmland is located to the north.
The application site (outlined on the map above) covers an area of approximately 80 hectares, however the vast majority of the site will be left undeveloped. The undeveloped area will:
- Secure the long-term physical and visual separation of North Baddesley and Chandler’s Ford (the local gap)
- Be available for public access, providing local walks
- Be positively managed to improve the woodland and biodiversity
Only around 12 hectares of the site will be set aside for residential development, to help meet local development needs, and associated open space.
There is a housing supply shortage within the borough and this site represents an opportunity to address this shortfall more quickly and effectively than relying on the other sites being considered for residential development by the Borough Council through its emerging Revised Local Plan.
Flood risk and drainage
The vast majority of the proposed development site is located in Flood Zone 1, which means it is at low risk of flooding from rivers.
Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) will be used and will include features such as rainwater harvesting, soakaways, filter drains, swales and attenuation basins. These will ensure that surface water run-off from the development will be no greater than current greenfield (undeveloped land) rates and will not increase the risk of flooding on site or elsewhere.
We have completed a range of ecological surveys, including a habitat survey and specific surveys for badgers, bats, dormouse, birds, reptiles and amphibians. These surveys have found that the development area is dominated by recently clear-felled plantation, supporting habitats of low ecological value.
This area does, however, support some wildlife, including small numbers of reptiles, birds and foraging bats. As such, measures will be implemented to protect these species and enhance habitat opportunities for a range of wildlife including:
- Relocation of reptiles from the development area to newly created woodland rides and glades
- Clear-felling of selected conifer compartments to provide replacement nightjar habitat
- Provision of bird and bat boxes to provide new roosting and nesting habitat
- Creation of waterbodies to provide new breeding habitat for amphibians
- Planting of native tree and shrub species within the residential development forming food sources for birds and insects
Vehicle access to the development is proposed from Castle Lane using a priority T-junction access with a right turn lane as shown in the drawing above. The junction is designed in line with design guidance in the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and has been subject to an independent road safety audit.
The site will connect to the existing shared use pedestrian/cycle route on Castle Lane at the new access junction. A further pedestrian/cycle/emergency vehicle access is proposed from Castle Lane to the east of the new junction and closer to the existing residential area. Pedestrian connections to the existing public footpath that follows the eastern site boundary will be provided where feasible.
The site is located within walking and cycling distance of the local facilities in Valley Park, which includes local shops, a day nursery, primary school, medical and dental practices and a pharmacy.
Buses are available from Castle Lane and Templars Way and a new bus stop is proposed on Castle Lane at the site access to serve the development. The bus stops are served by a number of regular bus routes, providing connections to locations in Chandler’s Ford, Eastleigh, Southampton and Winchester.
Chandler’s Ford railway station is located approximately 1.5 miles to the north-east of the site and is served by hourly rail services to Salisbury, Romsey and Southampton (Central and Parkway).
This site is therefore a sustainable location for new homes.
We have used the industry standard TRICS database to estimate vehicle movements to and from the proposed development.
A development of around 300 houses is expected to generate some 180-190 two-way vehicle trips during the peak hours of 8am to 9am, and again between 5pm and 6pm on weekdays. This is equivalent to around only three additional vehicles per minute on the highway network in the peak hours.
A Transport Assessment has been prepared to evaluate the impact of the development on the local transport network and has been submitted as part of the outline planning application, along with details of highway mitigation schemes.
Should our planning application be approved, we will expect to make significant financial contributions towards improving local infrastructure and community facilities. Contributions will be determined by Test Valley Borough Council in accordance with local requirements, but are likely to include funding for schools, health, public transport and recreation.