Bus Station Appeals Dismissed

The two appeals by Renaissance Retirement Ltd & the Go Ahead Group PLC against the refusal of their planning applications have been dismissed by the Planning Inspectorate. Both applications were refused for reasons relating to their effects on the Lymington Conservation Area, the setting of nearby listed buildings and the absence of a mechanism to secure appropriate contributions to the provision of affordable housing.

The Lymington Society is pleased to note the decision of the planning inspector in relation to the Lymington high Street bus station site.

The Planning Inspector agreed with the views of the Lymington Society and the NFDC Conservation Officer in stating: The development as a whole would appear to be out of scale with its surroundings and: I conclude that the proposals would fail to preserve or enhance the character or appearance of the Lymington conservation area.

Commenting on the decision, the Society Chairman, Clive Sutton, said that the Society looked forward to further proposals being brought forward which will create a scheme to merge retail with residential use with the possibility of facilities which would continue to benefit bus passengers in the future.

He said that the Inspector had recognised the considerable inconvenience caused by the closure of the bus station, although, because these issues were matters for the highway authority and the bus operators, she could not address them in relation to the redevelopment of the site. The Society hope that in any future scheme these considerable concerns, which were forcefully put forward at the appeal by various bus users, will be taken account of.

The Society look forward to commenting constructively on any further plans that are put forward for this important site and are always ready to engage with developers at a very early stage in any potential scheme.

 

Local Solar Farm Talk a great success

Nov 21st – “Local Solar Farm for Local People”

We were delighted to welcome Anthony Woolhouse, a founder of the West Solent Solar Cooperative, who talked about the creation of our own local Solar Farm in Pennington. The Cooperative also works with local groups, especially schools, and is active in a number of funded environmental projects. Anthony gave us a fascinating insight into Lymington’s part in a global movement for greener energy.

Anthony’s talk was followed by an active Q & A session, and he told me he appreciated the quality of the questions from our members, and our evident interest in this local green initiative. The solar farm produces enough power for around 700 homes, and all gest consumed within a few miles, so it truly serves Lymington and Pennington.

 

Message from Clive Sutton re Important Local Planning Development

Dear Lymington Society Member

I am taking the trouble to write you specifically because of the important developments which are taking place in the future of Lymington and Pennington through the Town Council’s consultation document for a neighbourhood plan.

The Lymington Society were instrumental in initially persuading the Town Council to have a neighbourhood plan. This is now being put in hand at the same time as the New Forest District Council had to make allocations of substantial additional housing to the Lymington area amounting to approximately 1100 more houses up to 2036.

The Lymington Society were always told that any such substantial increase could largely be accommodated in the Waterside area but it seems much of that area is not available because of safety factors connected with the military uses and refinery uses of that area. However there is still the possibility that a significant part of that area can be used for development which would relieve the pressure on Lymington and the other villages on the southern part of the New Forest District Council area.

A very helpful consultation document has been put out by the Lymington and Pennington town Council for the Neighbourhood Plan and this is available online and I recommend that is read by members of Society who are interested in the future of the Town. The options for future development clearly set out involving the town centre brownfield sites, a large area on the north of the town between Buckland and Ramley Road and various other surrounding pieces of land which could be made available for development being largely greenbelt sites.

The Society’s Committee have given this some thought and are initially hopeful that the number of houses to be allocated the Town eventually will be less than 500 over this period.

The committee considering their own detailed response which will be submitted in the meantime drawled the consultation to members attention so that members can review the councils analysis of the neighbourhood plan and respond to it. It can be found online at LymingtonandPenningtonplan.org.UK

The main consultation itself is in the form of an online response, or a paper response which can be obtained from the website or from the Town Hall.

I urge you to look at this and hopefully respond in detail to show your interest in the future of the town and contribute to it as a member of the Lymington society.

The consultation needs to be in by Monday 17th July and so please look at this as quickly as possible.

Yours sincerely

Clive Sutton

Chairman Lymington Society

Lymington Society AGM and Talk

March 22nd AGM Fuller Hall 6.30pm for 7.00pm

exbury egg
After the business part of the meeting we will have a presentation by Mark Drury
from SPUD. This local organisation Space, Place Making and Urban Design are
responsible for The Observatory and Exbury Egg and will be involved in helping
us project manage our Heritage Lottery bid for the restoration of The Burrard
Neale Monument .

Visit to New Forest Classic Cars 1st October

classic-cars-2016On  1st October members enjoyed an informal open morning  at New Forest Classic Cars at their unit on the Ampress industrial estate.  This fascinating local business employs highly skilled engineers and craftsmen to restore and rebuild classic cars, principally E-Type Jaguars.
Their starting point can be a car which is little more than a rusting relic, but they have the skills to completely rebuild and re-engineer by hand, going so far as to source original paint and upholstery colours. All work is carried out on site, so we had the opportunity to see not only the engineering but the upholstery section and the body and paint shops, as well as cars in various stages of restoration.
It really is encouraging to see these skills being developed and employed locally, and these same experts were on hand all morning to answer our questions. It certainly was thoroughly enjoyable and informative.
Refreshments were provided and we would really like to thank the whole team at NFCC for their hospitality. We also wish them luck in their new home, as they have bought the classic car garage in Beaulieu and will be relocating there.