Pro Vision gets green light for redevelopment of former farm buildings into housing and new kennels
Pro Vision has secured planning approval for the redevelopment of redundant farm buildings and an existing kennels into new housing in the Hampshire countryside.
Proceeds from the sale of the new homes will be reinvested into the development of state-of-the-art kennels on an adjacent site for which Pro Vision had already won planning consent.
The latest plans for the site off Berrywood Lane, on the edge of Bradley, near Basingstoke, include seven new village homes – four traditional cottages overlooking an open green space plus a farm house and two barn-style dwellings centred around a courtyard. The idea is to emulate a traditional Hampshire farmstead.
The scheme approved by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council includes demolishing the existing Gay Dog boarding kennels which are approaching the end of their useful life and dilapidated former chicken sheds. A large area of concrete hardstanding will also be removed.
Under the plans the site will be landscaped with new tree and hedgerow planting. A financial contribution will be made towards the provision of social housing in the borough.
Commenting on the scheme, Richard Osborn, senior planning consultant for Pro Vision, said applicant Paul Bliss, who has lived in Bradley for most of his life and who owns the kennels, engaged with the local community throughout the planning process, winning its support at an early stage.
He said: “I’m thrilled for Paul. He has worked tirelessly to deliver his vision for the new Gay Dog boarding kennels on the adjoining site. But in addition to realising his dream, the scheme will clean up an untidy part of the village, retain local employment and remove HGVs from the surrounding rural lanes.”
Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the well-designed scheme after officers recommended it for approval. Despite the site being outside the area earmarked for housing in the Local Plan, planning officers and councillors accepted it would provide much-needed local housing and employment while significantly improving the appearance of the untidy site. Other benefits include removing HGV vehicle movements through the village associated with the former poultry sheds.