New plan for 62 homes on former OSU site
A NEW scheme for the redevelopment of a key site in the centre of Liphook has been submitted to planners just three months after the rejection of an earlier plan.
If it gets the go-ahead, 62 new homes will be built on the final remaining part of the former Army OSU (Ordnance Supply Unit) site, along with commercial and industrial units.
The plans have been drawn up after planning officers ruled that earlier schemes did not make enough of the employment potential of the site.
Planning consultants acting for the prospective developers Taylor Wimpey say the current outline application has been drawn up following detailed discussions with East Hampshire District Council’s planning department.
If outline consent is granted, detailed plans will then be prepared.
Developers are hoping that the scheme will be the final piece of the jigsaw which has seen vacant former Ministry of Defence land transformed over the last 15 years with the development of new housing, the Millennium Centre, and the Sainsbury’s store.
The 4.5 acres of land between Canada Way and the Beaver industrial estate is now the only significant unused site in the village.
In a statement introducing the planning application, consultants Boyer Planning state: “This revised proposal is the result of detailed discussions with the council to create a development that addresses the previous reasons for refusal, and will deliver appropriate development for this site, which has remained undeveloped for over 15 years.”
Plans for the site no longer include a proposed care home for people with learning disabilities, which was part of the application rejected by East Hampshire District Council last October.
The current application concludes: “Following discussions with the council, who see the creation of jobs to be a key priority of this site, a scheme that includes some employment has been created.
“However, in order for this to be developed, it requires the residential element to be made up of purely private units. The inclusion of affordable units would render the scheme unviable.”
The proposed homes would range from five-bedroom houses to one-bedroom flats, and the height of the properties would vary between two and three storeys.
The second application is for up to 2,200 square metres of commercial and light industrial use. Consultants say the final amount of floorspace will depend on the number of prospective owners and commercial tenants who come forward.
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