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Preview of £80m waterside project
THESE are the latest images of an £80m housing scheme that is set to transform a prime waterfront site in Hampshire.
Where the old Webbs chicken factory used to stand, the exclusive Lymington Shores development will feature almost 170 homes ranging in price from £350,000 to £1.9m.
Four and five-bedroom detached villas will be mixed with one, two and three-bedroom apartments and two-bedroom duplexes. Most of the apartments will have balconies while the villas will boast rooftop terraces with views of the Lymington River. The scheme will also include shops, pontoons and riverside walkways.
Developer Redrow Homes has received enquiries from 1,500 potential buyers across the UK and has already secured reservations worth £2m plus.
Fully-furnished show homes are due to open in October and the first of the 168 properties will be ready for occupation next spring.
Lymington-based John D Wood & Co, part of Countrywide network of estate agents, is marketing the scheme.
Adam Smith, sales manager for Countrywide Land and New Homes, said: “Lymington Shores enjoys a sensational location on the water’s edge with views of the Isle of Wight from many of the properties.
“We’re confident it will become one of the finest addresses on the south coast.”
New Forest District Council approved the Redrow scheme at the beginning of last year. Some members criticised the proposed development but others said it was a vast improvement on previous plans to build more than 300 homes on the seven-acre site.
Cllr Tony Swain, who represents the Buckland area of Lymington, told fellow councillors: “I find the whole thing fresh and exciting.”
The authority had received more than 50 letters of protest, with objectors including Lymington and Pennington Town Council and Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, which said one of the pontoons would interfere with a sensitive habitat.
But the town’s conservation watchdog group, the Lymington Society, supported the proposals.
The chairman, Clive Sutton, described it as an imaginative scheme designed by a nationally-known architect who was familiar with the area.
He added: “This application appears to be the best we can get.”
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