Land east of Lodge Road, Hurst
Other Key Considerations
The proposed development would make financial contributions of approximately £7 million through Community Infrastructure Levy payments towards local infrastructure, including GP surgeries, local road network improvements, Public Rights of Way and cycle improvements, public transport provision, education, open space, play areas, sports facilities, libraries, and health facilities.
In addition to this, there would also be further onsite infrastructure provision, including but not limited to: open space, play areas, new foot and cycle paths and rights of way open for all to enjoy; and financial contributions for off-site improvements secured through a Section 106 Agreement.
We have undertaken a review of Primary School provision in Hurst and note that there is capacity for new pupils from the proposed development within St Nicholas CE Primary School. In addition, beyond Hurst village, within a 3-mile radius, there are also a number of primary schools with capacity. In terms of secondary education, there are a number of secondary schools within a reasonable distance of the site that have capacity across all year groups.
The site is located within Flood Zone 1, meaning that it has less than a 1 in 1000 year chance of flooding and therefore it is at low risk of flooding from rivers. The majority of the site is at low risk of surface water flooding, with the only areas at risk being where the existing watercourses are located, which will be maintained and not developed. Flows from the site will be restricted to greenfield rates and storage will be provided to attenuate the flows accordingly.
The proposals will incorporate sustainable drainage systems (SuDS), which will include detention basins, swales and permeable paving. Controlling flows to greenfield rates and incorporating SuDS into the proposals will ensure that the development does not increase flood risk onsite, or to neighbouring properties. We are working with Thames Water (TW) to ensure that the additional foul flows from the development can be accommodated in the TW network.
It is anticipated that the majority of the existing boundary vegetation will be retained and enhanced as part of the proposals with new habitats created, which can be managed for the benefit of wildlife. An ecological survey has been carried out, supplemented by obtaining available baseline data from Thames Valley Environmental Records Centre, and the findings from the survey and review of baseline data have provided information to assess the impact of the proposals on species and/or features of ecological/biodiversity value.
The site is of overall limited ecological value, with no habitats of international, national, county or local importance that would be directly affected by the proposals. The species recorded on-site can be described as common or abundant and are found in similar places across much of Britain, with some limited bat foraging activity and badgers being the only protected species. Overall, the findings of our ecological appraisal would indicate that there are no ecological constraints to preclude a residential development coming forward on this site, subject to appropriate mitigation measures.