Farm buildings could be pulled down under housing plans


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A set of farm buildings could be demolished as part of plans for new houses.

A developer has applied for outline planning permission to pull down a set of four farm buildings at Vine Leigh Farm, in Wardy Hill, to make way for four houses.

The developer says the buildings are “no longer suitable” for farming and would bring more benefit to the hamlet as housing.

Agents acting for the developer said: “The proposal represents a sustainable development which is located within the development envelope of Wardy Hill where small scale development is deemed as being acceptable.

“The development includes generous private amenity space, ample off street parking, cycle storage and landscaping.

“The site is currently occupied by outdated farm buildings which are no longer suitable for modern agricultural practices and machinery. The proposal represents a sustainable use of this underused site within the residential area of Wardy Hill which will enhance the character of the immediate vicinity.”

According to the applicant, Coveney Parish Council has raised concerns about the access and the lack of affordable housing proposed on the site.

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A survey for both bats, barn owls and great crested newts has been carried out and the developer says there will be no impact on any of the protected species.

A decision on the plans is expected within the next eight weeks. To view the plans, or to have a say, visit