At the New Forest National Park Authority Development Control meeting this morning the application for old peoples’ flats on the Redmayne site at Brockenhurst was unanimously refused. Also unanimously refused was the well meaning but dangerous proposal for mixed housing and a car park in the small gap between the Ashurst Village and West Totton against which the NFA has rigorously campaigned.
It may seem odd to crow “We Won!” over a car park and old peoples flats. The car park however would have wiped out Ashurst allotments, grazing land, and other green space, it is significantly distant from the village centre, it’s sole remaining purpose would be to alleviate the twice daily school run congestion on a residential road with its own adequate parking.
The old peoples flat opposition is somewhat more complex. It relates to developers seeking to score money out of retirees from outside the area whilst not creating enough housing stock for starting local families, and young commoners. This seems slightly mean until you realize how few new properties may be developed within the appropriately tightly controlled confines of the National Park.
For the NFA Planning Committee’s responses to the Planning Authority see the links below: