NPA approves application for nine properties on former Redmayne engineering site near Brockenhurst station

A request to build nine new homes on a ‘dreadful’ site in Brockenhurst has been approved by the national park authority despite concerns over a lack of affordable housing.

Permission was granted in 2018 to transform the derelict Redmayne engineering land at Station Approach with a mix of commercial buildings and nine residential units.

However, the claimant Weston Investments Ltd subsequently applied to replace the commercial part with seven further two-bedroom properties and two two-bedroom condominium apartments.

The Redmayne Engineering site near Brockenhurst station (photo: Google)

The revised offer was not supported by the parish council, which raised concerns about the limited supply of affordable housing, the lack of parking spaces, increased traffic and the loss of an office space. use.

The Friends of Brockenhurst also objected on the grounds that the land should be saved for future use.

Objections from 12 residents included concerns about the overhang, increased noise and lack of parking. Others felt that the marketing and analysis of the site for alternative employment use had been inadequate.

Five letters of support were sent by locals who believed new accommodation would improve the “awful” site.

A report to the NPA planning committee said: ‘The site has been vacant and unused for over six years. Despite limited interest, no other viable business uses have come forward or become known for comparable business use.

The request included 26 parking spaces, a shortfall of 10 under local plan guidelines. However, it was noted in the report that the diet approved for commercial use accepted a deficit of 15.

The report, which recommended approval, added that the general layout and design were found to be acceptable.

NPA member Stephen Tarling found the bid difficult to support, saying: “My biggest concern is affordable housing. We would have 18 houses on this larger area and therefore our policy would be 50% [affordable homes].

“Maybe we can’t hit that 50%, but what we get instead is two shared properties and £181,000.”

Supporting the bid, NPA member Sue Bennison said: “In my experience, commercial space so close to residential properties is often a problem.

“I would have thought nearby owners would think it’s a better case scenario than having commercial operators there, which can cause noise issues.

“This proposal is quite nice – it provides small accommodation units, which are sorely lacking in the forest and the district as a whole. The off-site contribution will be used to provide affordable housing elsewhere in the forest.

Members voted six for and four against.