Proposals have been revealed for land close to the M3 between Fleet and Farnborough
A developer has revealed plans to build 150 homes on a former barracks site close to the M3 between Fleet and Farnborough.
Bellway Homes (Thames Valley) Ltd wants to build the homes on land at Sun Park, formerly the Ministry of Defence-owned Guillemont Barracks, which is close to junction 4a.
The land is currently occupied by part-built steel frames that were intended to be the final two offices on the business park.
Bellway hopes to lodge a planning application soon, but in the meantime has asked for an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening opinion from both Hart and Rushmoor councils.
Any development that is more than 0.5ha or could have a significant impact on the environment may need an EIA under UK regulations.
Documents produced by chartered surveyors Savills, acting for Bellway Homes, said the proposed site forms an irregular piece of land bounded by three completed offices, Guillemont Junior School and homes on Sandy Lane.
Outline planning permission was granted for the two unbuilt offices in 1998.
The steel frames of the buildings were erected but work ceased in 2001. The three finished offices on Sun Park were briefly occupied but since 2007 have remained vacant despite on-going marketing.
The EIA screening review states the scheme will be predominantly families homes of two to two-and-a-half storeys, with a third floor within the roof.
A proposed apartment block will be four storeys, the maximum height for development.
There will be a mix of one, two, three and four-bedroom homes, with 40% (60 homes) affordable housing.
The screening review states the application site is within the settlement boundary and constitutes previously developed land.
It lies largely within Hart district, with the remainder in Rushmoor, and is near to the Special Protection Area.
Access to the site is currently from the A327 Minley Road, close to junction 4a of the M3.
However, the developer is proposing to close the existing access via minley Road and create a new one off Sandy Lane.
“Sandy Lane is a good quality local distributor road and it is understood to have significant additional capacity to accommodate the development proposals,” states the screening review.
Surveys have been undertaken on the site to assess the effect of traffic noise from the M3.
“The initial findings identify that for the majority of the site, standard thermal double-glazing should be sufficient to achieve the internal noise level criteria,” states the review.
“An alternative means of providing background ventilation, such that windows can remain close, will be required across the site.
“An acoustic fence of approximately three metres high is likely to be constructed along the south eastern boundary of the site, along the frontage with Sandy Lane, to provide a level of mitigation to the most affected dwellings nearest to the motorway.”
Ecological surveys have confirmed the site has no reptiles, badgers or other protected species.
The review states the site has been declared as having a low risk of flooding and the development will not increase flood risk elsewhere.
It added the site is close to the Rushmoor M3 designated air quality management area but there would not be any significant adverse impacts on the proposed homes.
Savills said an EIA is not required and Hart District Council will take this opinion into account before making a decision on this application by October 11.