Further talks on 111 new homes for Whitnash

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A developer wanting to build a 111-home housing estate in Whitnash is in talks with council officials after councillors were unable to decide whether the scheme should go ahead.

Bovis Homes Ltd had already obtained outline planning permission to build 94 homes on land south of Fieldgate Lane - but the firm came back with a firm application to build another 17 houses at the site.

The scheme included 67 market houses and 44 homes classed as ‘affordable’ and the company had argued that there would be public open space, the homes would be in-keeping with the surrounding landscape and that the variety of house types would ensure that it would create a “broad-based community”.

But Whitnash Town Council objected to the proposal, stating that this would be too many homes for the site, there would be issues of traffic safety at the junction of Fieldgate Lane and Golf Lane and there is a lack of infrastructure to support the population the new homes would bring.

Six people also wrote to the district council in objection, with similar reasons for objecting, as well as pointing out that the local schools are overcrowded and the development would mean the loss of countryside.

Councillors met to discuss the application last week, but following discussion, it was decided that planning officers must determine whether it should be approved following discussions with the developer. Officers say that if permission is to be granted, allotments must be provided.