18 January 2010
Final approval has been granted for over 100 residential properties to be built by Linden Homes at Totton Sports Club, Southern Gardens, Totton.
The approval was granted by the New Forest District Council Planning Committee, and follows the outline permission granted by the Secretary of State on appeal in March 2009. It is the first of two residential developments on football grounds within Totton which together will see new football pitches and clubhouse for both AFC Totton, and Totton & Eling Football Clubs at Little Testwood Farm - enabling the clubs to progress through the football leagues.
The gold standard cricket pitch at Totton Sports Club will be retained together with a new pavilion and sports club, with construction work currently underway.
David Crichton-Miller, Managing Director of WYG Environment Planning Transport, said: “I am delighted that our insightful staff spotted the potential and turned it into a reality so that the community facilities were not lost.”
The detailed proposals for the residential scheme were developed in close consultation with the council officers and neighbouring residents. This follows the illustrative material presented at the appeal which the inspector considered would form the basis of a high quality residential development.
Martin Hawthorne, Director, WYG Planning & Design said: “This reserved matters consent is the culmination of nearly four years hard work by WYG Planning & Design that now secures a viable future for one of Hampshire’s leading cricket teams and two of the best football clubs. In addition it provides much needed affordable housing and a high quality design solution for this sustainable edge of centre site.”
Work is already underway on the sports facilities at Little Testwood Farm which is due for completion later this year allowing development on this residential scheme to start.
The above sketch illustrates the ‘Crescent’ apartments and town houses which have been designed to provide a backdrop to the setting of the oval cricket pitch. Their focus is directed to the centre of the pitch and their contemporary design, form and materials of brick, timber and render with raking roof form to the apartments reflect the architecture and character of the new pavilion building.