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Land north of Hightown Road, Ringwood – Ringwood – Hampshire

Land north of Hightown Road, Romsey - Romsey - Hampshire

We are preparing an outline planning application for new homes, open space, employment land and Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) on land north of Hightown Road, Ringwood.  The site is a proposed allocation for development in the draft New Forest District Council Local Plan.

  • Overview

    Land to the north of Hightown Road, Ringwood

    We are currently preparing an outline planning application for a new residential development on land east of Ringwood. 

    The Council’s draft Local Plan identifies the land for development under policy SS14. The plan shows the site boundary

    Our proposed scheme will include up to 400 dwellings including affordable housing, employment land, a large parkland in the form of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG), play space for children, new accesses from the A31 and Hightown Road, and pedestrian and cycle links. 

    We are hoping to submit an outline planning application in Spring 2020.

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  • About the site

    About the site

    The proposed development site is identified for housing and employment uses under draft policy SS14 of the emerging New Forest District Council Local Plan.  This allocation establishes the principle of residential development on the land.

    The site measures approximately 27.5 hectares.  The site is bounded by existing residential to the south and west, the A31 to the north and Nouale Lane to the east with the New Forest National Park beyond.

    There are a range of facilities including shops, places to eat, schools, and health and leisure facilities within the local area.

    Site Considerations

    Before we start designing a new scheme, we complete an assessment of the site and the surrounding area as they are at the moment.  We record those features we will need to take into account in our design.

    Access and Movement

    We have looked at the pattern of roads around the site, the best places to get in and out and connections to the surrounding area for cars, cycles and pedestrians.  We have also looked at the provision of public transport around the site.  We will use this information to design the entrances, key streets, cycleways and paths for the development.  A new vehicular access is proposed in the north of the site from the A31 and from Hightown Road in the south. Additional pedestrian and cycle access points are proposed across the site. 

    Flooding and drainage

    The proposed development will incorporate Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) in the form of attenuation ponds and storage areas to ensure that the development is not at risk of flooding and surface water can be managed.

    Environment

    We have undertaken surveys to assess the current uses and ecology on site, which will shape the planning process and allow us to create a design that complements the existing environment. This has identified the opportunity to create a large area of parkland in the form of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) to provide recreation and leisure opportunities for both existing and future residents.  There are also opportunities throughout the site to provide additional planting, landscape and ecological enhancement and wildlife benefits.

    Employment

    An area for employment uses is proposed in the north of the site to provide land including for starter and smaller scale businesses.

  • What's proposed

    What's Proposed

    About our proposals for land north of Hightown Road, Ringwood

    Our proposals will deliver high quality new homes that will make a valuable contribution towards New Forest District Council’s housing needs.

    The development will include:

    • Up to 400 new homes including affordable homes.
    • A range of housing options including 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.
    • Employment land including space for new and starter businesses.
    • Provision of play facilities.
    • A high quality landscape scheme including a landscape buffer alongside the A31 and planting throughout the site.
    • Vehicle access from the A31 in the north and Hightown Road in the south with pedestrian and cycle routes within the site connecting to the surrounding area.
    • Sensitively designed homes in the context of the character of the local area and surrounding properties.
    • A sustainable drainage system.
    • The provision of Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) for recreation and play including an attractive walking route.

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  • Updates

    In June 2019 Taylor Wimpey undertook a public consultation with the local community, stakeholders and Councillors to present our proposals for the site and provide further information. The events were well attended and we are using the feedback received to update our proposals before submission of a planning application.

    The consultation boards can be viewed here