Developers hit back at criticism of controversial project

Daily Echo: "Homes will make school area safer" "Homes will make school area safer"

ONE of Hampshire’s biggest landowners says a controversial development project will make the area safer for hundreds of children at two schools.

Barker-Mill Estates (BME) has hit back at criticism of its plan to build homes on the edge of the New Forest National Park.

Members of the newly formed Keep Ashurst and Colbury Green action group say the development would devour part of a greenfield site. As reported in the Daily Echo, a rally staged by the group was attended by more than 70 people.

But BME says the project also includes a new car park and drop-off point that aims to keep traffic away from Foxhills infant and junior schools.

The proposals have been welcomed by staff at the two sites, said to have the most dangerous school approach route in the New Forest.

BME trustee Tim Jobling confirmed that the number of proposed new homes had been cut to 11 in the wake of previous protests.

He added: “We’re committed to providing the Foxhills area with a proposal that responds to residents’ concerns to the initial plans, as well as addressing the on-going problems the schools are having with regard to highway safety and parking. Since our original proposal was developed last year we have reduced the number of properties by half.

“The proposed housing will be situated on the southern part of the site, maintaining a ‘green’ frontage and the rural nature of the village as much as we can.”

BME says the school run has caused parking and traffic problems in the area for more than two decades.

In the past two years the village has seenee three accidents in which children have been knocked off their bikes.

And numerous near misses have resulted from motorists pulling out, people opening car doors and the sheer volume of traffic.

Ruth Linsley, head teacher at the infant school, said: “We’ve been trying hard to take action and it’s great that BME are working with us to finally put these plans in place.”

Andrew Shore, head teacher at the junior school, added: “The safety of the children and the needs of the community are at the heart of the planned changes, which will make Foxhills a better, safer place.”

BME is planning to submit its proposals to the New Forest National Park Authority, which must decide if the advantages outweigh the objections.

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3:55pm Mon 26 May 14

Dai Rear says...

It would probably be "safer" for Clifton Suspension Bridge to be demolished because people jump off it into the Gorge. Oh Goddess Safety, how we witless humans run willy nilly at your whim.
It would probably be "safer" for Clifton Suspension Bridge to be demolished because people jump off it into the Gorge. Oh Goddess Safety, how we witless humans run willy nilly at your whim. Dai Rear
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10:04pm Mon 26 May 14

Ellie10 says...

If Barker Mills is so committed to pupil safety and safer schools access then why not provide this to the schools without housing? Barker Mills has owned the land for a long time and was never interested in improving school safety until it thought that it could get a housing development approved by offering the schools safer access as a bribe.
If Barker Mills is so committed to pupil safety and safer schools access then why not provide this to the schools without housing? Barker Mills has owned the land for a long time and was never interested in improving school safety until it thought that it could get a housing development approved by offering the schools safer access as a bribe. Ellie10
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3:36pm Tue 27 May 14

kellyml321@hotmail.com says...

This new development will only cause more traffic 11 homes = 22 more cars at least so would need 22 more parking spaces, and is the proposed car park for the school use or just for the houses use, because if there just for the houses it would only create less spaces for the current amount of cars that park all along this road, if they have to concrete over yet more green space in the area then let it be for a proper school carpark and one way system around the school.
This new development will only cause more traffic 11 homes = 22 more cars at least so would need 22 more parking spaces, and is the proposed car park for the school use or just for the houses use, because if there just for the houses it would only create less spaces for the current amount of cars that park all along this road, if they have to concrete over yet more green space in the area then let it be for a proper school carpark and one way system around the school. kellyml321@hotmail.com
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7:47pm Thu 29 May 14

Sootsas I says...

If this is a hotspot for child safety then why did they remove the lollipop lady, the patrol sign is still there so they should reinstate one immediately and whoever is responsible should be sorting this out. This is all about building houses in the new forest national park with child safety as a convenient add on. The car park will be a potential stopping place for travellers!!
If this is a hotspot for child safety then why did they remove the lollipop lady, the patrol sign is still there so they should reinstate one immediately and whoever is responsible should be sorting this out. This is all about building houses in the new forest national park with child safety as a convenient add on. The car park will be a potential stopping place for travellers!! Sootsas I
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