A PLANNING application has been lodged for the next phase of Winchester's largest housing development since Badger Farm.

Phase 2A will include 251 homes as the Barton Farm project, also known as Kings Barton.

The planning application for the Cala Homes scheme also includes a public open space.

A decision is expected by October 23.

The proposal follows last month's update on the progress of the scheme, which will eventually see a new estate of 2,000 home, 800 of which will be affordable.

The report to Winchester city councillors said so far 205 homes were occupied at Phase 1B, to the north of the site that borders Andover Road, with 18 remaining unsold.

It added groundworks for the play area in that section have begun and the phase is set to be completed this year.

Following the planning application for Phase 2A, which is located centrally on the site, the first residents are set to move in at Phase 1A, the southern most phase, in late August.