PLANS have been revealed for more than 100 new homes in a Southampton town with at least a third being affordable.

The proposal involves knocking down an existing farmhouse and farm buildings in Hedge End to make way for 107 houses.

According to Bargate Homes - who will be developing the site at Serenity, Heath House Lane - 37 of the homes will be affordable.

They will include a mix of two, three, four, and five-bedroom houses with the remaining properties offered at usual market value.

The application site is currently occupied by a garage, stables, sheds and a house previously used as a home for vulnerable girls - which will not be affected by the plans.

The remainder of the land is divided into paddocks for grazing for horses and llamas.

Access to the site will be via Heath House Lane with other work including roads laying, landscaping, and installing drainage structures.

The applicant is Bargate Homes with the homes designed by Thrive Architects, based in Romsey.

According to the developers the proposal is to create a new development that integrates within the surrounding environment.

It is hoped the new homes will meet future housing needs and offer family homes to provide a balanced, sustainable community.

Earlier in the year a controversial bid by Bargate to build 150 new homes near Titchfield Nature reserve was rejected by council planners

Bargate previously appealed to a government inspector after its proposal was rejected by council planners.

However the inspector turned down the appeal over the homes on land west of Old Street in Hill Head.

As reported by the Daily Echo, the decision has been welcomed by Fareham council leader Seán Woodward.

He said: “I am delighted, as it was a real concern.

“It is fantastic news that the inspector agreed with us.

“Residents can be reassured that Fareham Borough Council will fight for valuable land, and that is what we did in this case.”

Residents also raised concerns over the homes plan.

In a letter, one wrote: “It would be a huge shame to lose such an amazing space rich in wildlife and nature.”

The decision comes after a public inquiry last year.

Planning inspector Christina Downes said: “Notwithstanding the substantial benefits that would flow from the proposed development, there would also be very substantial harm.

“The harm to the countryside within the valued landscape of the Lower Meon Valley outweighed the advantages of the scheme.”