A BID to build almost 100 new homes in a Hampshire village is one step closer to being approved.

Abbey Fruit Farm in Netley Abbey is the proposed site of 93 homes which will include 17 affordable homes, these will comprise of 61 houses and 32 apartments.

The development site is a 2.8 hectare, triangular shaped plot of land bound by Grange Road to the south, Woolston Road to the east, and the Southampton to Portsmouth railway line to the west.

The current site is a mix of residential, equestrian and industrial uses, with a single, detached, two-storey home in the south-eastern corner.

The plot is served by a single access track from Grange Road.

Existing structures would be demolished to facilitate the proposed development which would incorporate a footway over the adjacent railway bridge linking the site with the existing pedestrian footway network along Grange Road to the south-west.

Bursledon, Hamble-le-Rice and Hound Local Area Committee will be meeting on Thursday at 6pm to discuss remaining details before the application can go ahead.

These including the size of buildings along Grange Road being inappropriate for the area, the impacts of buildings along Grange Road on neighbouring residents blocking out light, and landscaping.

So far, the application has received 15 objection letters which highlight the loss of countryside and impact on infrastructure such as doctors and schools.


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