Work will soon begin on 82 homes in Two Gate Lane, Overton, after the inspector granted approval for the housing project

THE developer behind 82 new homes in Overton said work would begin shortly after being given the green light after the call.

Bewley Homes has purchased land in Two Gate Lane to build a mix of homes as part of its Garden Village collection. The company obtained planning permission in November last year following an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

In March Basingstoke councilors unanimously rejected the scheme after the junction with B3400 was deemed unsafe.

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Concerns were also expressed that a launch space in the new development would cause a nuisance to existing residents of Two Gate Meadows, and that the gardens planned for the one-bedroom units on the site were too small.

After obtaining permission, work will soon begin on the development which will include one-bedroom maisonettes, two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, as well as public open spaces. Under this program, 33 affordable rental and condominium units will be built.

Andrew Brooks, Managing Director of Bewley Homes, said: “This is a significant development for the area and we are delighted to be rebuilding again in Overton. We now look forward to delivering our collection of high quality Garden Village homes for private and affordable tenure. These 82 new quality homes will help meet local demand for new homes in Overton and the boroughs of Basingstoke and Deane.

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Mr. Brooks added: “Our philosophy is to provide greener and more sustainable programs for the future. As part of our proposals, we asked ACD Environmental to undertake a Biodiversity Impact Calculator (BIC) assessment to establish the impact on biodiversity. As a result, Bewley Homes is committed to conserving and enhancing onsite habitats, including woodlands, native hedgerows and bramble scrub, and to providing new onsite habitats, including native hedgerows, vegetated gardens lowland grasslands and new trees. In addition to on-site improvements, we are also committed to creating additional off-site habitat in the form of 0.83 ha of mixed hardwood forest and 1.15 ha of lowland grassland. »

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