January update from Cllr Fran Carpenter
I hope everyone had a good festive season and new year. It already seems a long time ago. I thought this month I would provide you with updates on what are probably, currently, the two council issues of most interest to residents.
Holmsley Bridge works and closure of the A35 (HCC Highways)
As two of the Hampshire county councillors whose Division areas are affected by the A35 traffic diversions, Leader of the Council, Keith Mans, and I, offer our apologies for the ongoing disruption and inconvenience these works are causing residents. It is important the bridge is replaced. One reason for the length of the project is the site’s sensitive nature in the National Park and the ongoing required liaison between contractor and relevant authorities and forest communities. But it is a large and complex project and there were also early issues with the foundations. Highways and your county councillors are grateful for your continued patience in this matter. Any updates from Highways about these works will be posted here: hants.gov.uk/transport/transportschemes/holmsley-rail-bridge-replacement Any arising road maintenance required, or other issues due to the increase in traffic, should be reported here: hants.gov.uk/transport/roadmaintenance/roadproblems and, of course, you can also write to your own county councillor with any concerns.
Local Plan applications (NFDC Planning)
A number of Local Plan (Part 1) planning applications are now coming forward from developers for consideration by town and parish councils and then by New Forest District Council. The two sites falling in my NFDC Hordle Ward area are SS8 on Hordle Lane and SS9 on Everton Road. SS9 plans have just been submitted (as of January 13th) to NFDC and are now available to view and comment upon. Please type in application number 21/11731 or the SS number: planning.newforest.gov.uk/online-applications/. Other nearby sites include SS7 in Milford On Sea and SS10 at Brockhills Lane in New Milton. General information about all Local Plan (Part 1) sites can be read here: newforest.gov.uk/article/1510/Local-Plan-2016-2036-part-1-Planning-strategy
Local Plan (Part 2) is currently in progress, through which further sites for under 100 homes are being identified. You can find out some further information about Local Plan (Part 2) here: newforest.gov.uk/article/2724/Local-Development-Scheme-May-2021#h22 This page will be updated as the Part 2 process progresses.Cllr Fran Carpenter