Residents to fight Pennington and Lymington Lanes development
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A campaign has been launched to raise awareness of a major housing development planned between two well known lanes that run down to the salt marshes and sea wall south of Lymington and Pennington.
Over 100 homes are proposed on Green Belt land accessed through the New Forest National Park between Ridgeway and Lower Pennington Lanes as part of the New Forest District Council (NFDC) Local Plan. There are now less than 5 weeks remaining to respond to the public consultation period which expires on August 12th.
The site and surrounding area is popular with walkers, cyclists, joggers, residents, local families and visitors who are shocked and upset that they have been given such a short time to raise concerns before the plan is submitted to a Government planning inspector for a final decision.
Representatives of Oakhaven Hospice are dismayed by the proposed development and the harmful impact it may have on the community they serve as well as the local environment.
PALLS (Pennington and Lymington Lanes Society) has been set up by local people to try to protect the special character of this beautiful area comprising country lanes, public footpaths across open fields, wildlife and open space to the south of Pennington and Lymington. PALLS is encouraging people who value this area to express their concerns to the Council and the planning inspector via the NFDC website at www.newforest.gov.uk/localplan2016 before the deadline of 12th August.
PALLS is also inviting the community to join them in trying to protect the area for future generations by visiting them at their website: pennandlymlanes.com.
Bruce Tindall, the Chair of PALLS said:
“We understand the need for housing but believe this to be an ill thought out proposal that will needlessly and permanently damage the character of Pennington and Lymington. This is not an appropriate development for the area, obliterating open fields with consequent loss of hedgerows, rural footpaths and wildlife and urbanising narrow, tree lined country lanes that run down to the sea wall”
“Building within the National Park and on Green Belt, including land surrounding Oakhaven Hospice which is an oasis of tranquility is not in the interests of our communities. Many people use this area for walking, cycling and jogging. Families with young children walk and cycle to the salt marshes down these lanes which are a treasured part of our landscape and serve as key recreational routes to our coastal walks. “
“If this development goes ahead it would create a through route encouraging vehicles to rat run through narrow country lanes without footpaths to avoid the congested A337.”
“NFDC have been in private discussions with landowners and their agents for several years and have made no attempt to engage with the local community until the last possible minute, giving us the minimum time legally permitted to look at their plans and raise concerns. It is a shame that they did not involve the people of Pennington and Lymington earlier and develop a plan the community could support. It’s hard not to conclude that they are playing little more than lip service to the required public consultation intending instead simply to impose this major development - irrespective of impact. We would like to think that even at this late hour, our representatives on the Council might want to consider our concerns and represent them to NFDC.”
Pennington and Lymington Lanes Society (PALLS) is a formally constituted society which aims to protect and enhance the tranquillity, rural environment and special character of the Lanes and their environs by:
• Resisting inappropriate development
• Protecting the green character of this area from urbanisation so it can continue to be enjoyed by residents and visitors alike
• Maintaining the tranquillity and environmental quality of this sensitive area including land within the Green Belt and within and adjacent to the New Forest National Park