The proposed development site covers an area of approximately 9.7 hectares and is bordered by Southdown Road to the east. The village of Catherington lies to the west and open farmland to the north.
The greenfield site is a single arable field. Taylor Wimpey is seeking to provide housing in this sustainable location through pre-application discussions with East Hampshire District Council.
The council’s emerging strategy seeks to provide for 700 new homes in the Horndean area and 200 new homes in the Clanfield area. This strategy has yet to be finalised and an independent Planning Inspector may increase the level of housing further. In June 2013, the council published a review of potential sites that might accommodate the new housing within its Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment (SHLAA), and this identifies the site as an ‘included’ option to provide around 200 new dwellings.
An aerial plan of the proposed development site.
Flood Risk and Preliminary SuDS Drainage
The majority of the proposed development site is located in Flood Zone 1, which means it is at the lowest possible risk of flooding from rivers and other watercourses. A small element of the site parallel to the Southdown Road boundary falls within Flood Zones 2 and 3 as identified on the Environment Agency website mapping. Subject to further more detailed modelling, no built form is proposed for this location.
A Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) will form part of our proposals
and may include the use of soakaways, porous paving and swales to ensure that the rate of surface water run-off from the development will be no greater than current greenfield rates and will not increase the risk of flooding on site or elsewhere.
Foul water will be dealt with through a connection to the existing public sewer which is located to the south-eastern corner of the site.
We have completed a range of ecological surveys, including a habitat survey and specific surveys for badgers and bats. These surveys have identified the presence of Japanese knotweed, foraging badgers, commuting and foraging bats, breeding birds, dormice and reptiles.
An active badger sett is located approximately 2m outside of the southwestern site boundary and a tree with suitable features to support roosting bats is just outside the western boundary.
Our proposed scheme includes a reptile receptor located within the open space in the western section of the site, while enhanced planting along the boundary hedgerows will safeguard any habitats for bats and dormice.
Highways and site access
Vehicle access to the development will be from Southdown Road, as close as possible the existing farm access. The new junction will be a mini-roundabout, with a traffic calming scheme on Southdown Road to help to reduce traffic speeds on this route.
A Transport Assessment is being prepared and will be submitted with our planning application to measure highway capacity and public transport provision.
Due to the proximity of the site to the A3 and A3(M), we will also hold discussions with the Highways Agency regarding the potential impact of the development and any mitigation measures to the A3/A3(M) junctions.
The centre of the development is located approximately 600m from the local centre at Drift Road. Clanfield Junior School in Little Hyden Lane is within a short walk of the development, while the village has three pubs and a number of shops.
A local bus service runs along Southdown Road with bus stops located alongside the development on Southdown Road. The service runs into
Clanfield village centre and provides links to services to Waterlooville, Portsmouth and other major destinations. Both bus stops will be within 400m walking distance of the development.
The A3 junction to London is approximately 1.2km to the south-east of the site, offering easy access to Petersfield to the north and Portmouth to the south. Junction 2 of the A3(M), which is located approximately 3km from the site, offers further access to Portsmouth to the south and Petersfield to the north.