The plans mark a significant milestone for the award-winning regional developer, as it is the first scheme where all homes will be built to the top eco-classification of EPC-A.
The development proposals include a mix of one-, two-, three- and four- bedroom homes, each to feature as standard an air source heat pump, electric vehicle charging port, and solar PV panels. An EPC-rating, or Energy Performance Certificate*, is a review of a property’s energy efficiency and performance, with ‘G’ being the lowest rating, and ‘A’ being the highest. The high EPC rating of this proposed scheme will make the homes amongst the most energy efficient within the New Forest District.
Located just south of Milford Road, the 15.8 acre (6.4 Ha) site is positioned southwest of Lymington and close to the Solent coastline. It is bound to the north by the A337 and to the east by Milford Road, which runs parallel to the site. The plans propose 90 houses and apartments, with 50% being allocated for affordable housing. The affordable homes will be delivered on behalf of VIVID – the owner of Bargate Homes – to cater for the pent-up housing needs of the local area, via shared ownership, affordable rent, and social rent.
Mark White, Managing Director of Bargate Homes, said: “We are very pleased to have submitted a Reserved Matters Planning Application, following Outline Planning Permission being granted by New Forest District Council earlier this year. This is a prime site within Pennington and the ideal location for our first EPC-A rated development, which will be a major investment – far exceeding current Building Regulations.
“Over the past 17 years, we have been privileged to deliver several exemplary schemes within this prized area of Hampshire. We are now looking to the future, specifically the design and construction of the most desirable, high-quality Bargate homes, featuring state of the art eco technology.”
Bargate Homes has worked closely with New Forest District Council and local stakeholders to ensure this proposed scheme sympathetically blends into the existing community of Pennington and provides the right housing to meet local needs. The mix has evolved from the Outline Application, to provide a higher proportion of two-bedroom properties for social rent, to help meet the immediate need locally for this type of home.
The plans for the majority of the site consist of two-storey houses, with the apartments being situated in low rise two-and-a-half and three-storey buildings. Chalet bungalows and one and half storey houses have been introduced along the eastern boundary to respect the scale of the existing dwellings surrounding the site. There are three defined developable parcels proposed for the expansive site, each facing onto green space, trees, and foliage.
The site layout been carefully considered, including the spacing of the plots and gardens, allowing for visual connections with the existing tree belt. A range of parking solutions has also been considered to ensure the site is not car dominated. The site framework plan responds to existing trees, landscaping, and preserved habitats, and will deliver a 10% biodiversity net gain.
Pennington sits on the river terrace plateau between Avon Water to the west and Yaldhurst stream to the east. It benefits from local shops in the centre of the village – grouped around a town square – and a number of pubs and restaurants. The village is also home to Pennington Common, which has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
A337 is the main road that runs through Pennington, connecting Lymington to the north and Milford-on-Sea to the south, and provides a direct connection to both towns. Pennington is well connected to neighbouring towns and villages through a comprehensive bus network, with services facilitating travel between Pennington and to larger towns and cities in the region. The nearest town is Lymington, which is only one mile away, and can also be accessed by frequent bus links.
Lymington train station has frequent services to regional towns and cities, as well as access to London Waterloo by changing at nearby Brockenhurst station. Car journeys to Southampton are via the A337, followed by the A35. Bournemouth can also be accessed via the A337 travelling west bound. For travel further afield, the M27 leads to the M3 and the wider national motorway network.
Established in 2006, Bargate Homes delivers select developments in prime locations across Hampshire, Dorset, and West Sussex. The company is currently delivering 900 homes across six live developments and has a pipeline of future sites expected to deliver in excess of 2,500 new homes. Bargate Homes is a wholly owned subsidiary of VIVID – Hampshire’s largest provider of affordable homes.