A DEVELOPER has returned with a new bid to build homes in Picket Twenty after previous controversial plans.

Foreman Homes originally submitted an application to build 99 homes which was then scaled back in January to 78, but now in the latest outline application it is asking to build 59 houses at land in London Road.

Within the plans to Test Valley Borough Council (TVBC) the developer states that it has listened to the responses of the authority to its previous bids.

A report on behalf of the company read: “They are committed to bringing forward a scheme that is of the very finest quality and which will lead-the-way for their building out other such schemes in the coming years.

“Foreman Homes are keen for this proposal to integrate with the existing and proposed community and for it to be viewed in a positive manner by local residents.”

But the company has insisted despite the new application, it does not wish to stop talks with TVBC but find “a mid-point in our doing so; hence the application being made in outline only; we remain keen to enhance it”.

It added that it would be willing to enhance the proposals if it was required.

Along with building homes, the developer proposes that it will also offer new areas of public open space and a children’s play area, as well as pedestrian and vehicle access from Picket Twenty Way.

“The play facility location can offer an opportunity to create a ‘themed’ play experience which utilises existing site characteristics,” the report added.

Previous schemes have drawn criticism from those living close to the proposed development, with some saying that too many houses were planned for Picket Twenty and that TVBC’s Local Plan was ignored by Foreman Homes.

To view the plan go to testvalley.gov.uk/planning-and-building/viewplanningapplicationsonline and search 18/02584/OUTN.