Pro Vision Helps to Build Houses and Save the Countryside

27th April, 2018

Outline planning permission has been granted by Eastleigh Borough Council for 50 new homes on land adjoining an ancient woodland at Fair Oak.

Pro Vision were planning consultants for the Bargate Homes scheme. The proposals, which included landscaping, open space and parking, were unanimously approved by councillors on the planning committee with several praising the design.

Plans include demolishing an existing 1970s detached house, the only building on the plot off Allington Lane. Some 35 per cent of the new homes will be affordable.

Eastleigh Borough Council will be handed privately-owned Quobleigh Pond woodland, a Site of Importance for Nature Conservation, as a condition of planning consent. The council plans to retain the 17-acre woodland as “a nature conservation asset and public resource.”

Commenting on the planning approval, Pro Vision senior planner Richard Osborn said: “This consent shows clever planning and sensitive design can help to deliver high quality homes in places that people want to live while protecting important wildlife habitat, like Quobleigh Pond woodland, not only for today but for future generations.”

New hedgerows and native trees, such as oak and hawthorn, will create a green wildlife corridor between the new homes and open countryside as well as link the small copse on Allington Road frontage with Quobleigh Pond woodland. Three ponds close to the protected woodland are home to great crested newts. The ponds will be cleared of litter and weeds to help the rare species flourish.

Plans to protect the woodland and rare species during building work were agreed with Natural England – the Government’s advisor on the natural environment.

Ecologists will capture great crested newts, bats and reptiles on the building site and rehome them within the woodland. An ecological survey noted several species of bat on the site, including Common Pipistrelle, Brown long-eared bat and Barbastelle, a rare bat. Reptiles included slow worms and grass snakes.