DOZENS of new homes could be built in Picket Piece after plans were lodged with the borough council last week.

A proposal to build a “sustainable and vibrant new housing area” in the village was submitted by developer Foreman Homes, which has submitted previous applications in the vicinity, on October 8.

The plans could see 35 new homes, including both detached and terraced houses and flats, built on land at 3 Walworth Road, next door to the Commercial Centre.

The site lies within the settlement boundary for residential development in Picket Piece under Test Valley Borough Council’s revised Local Plan, which gives permission for a new neighbourhood to be developed in the village, made up of around 400 homes and other facilities.

Currently the site is home to a single house with a large grassland area at the rear.

That house would be demolished if planning permission is granted and replaced with a mix of eight four-bed detached homes, 15 three-bed terraced houses and 12 two-bed flats.

The dwellings will be private, proportionate in size, complementary to the surrounding area and consistent in the materials used, according to the plans.

One of the proposal documents adds: “The external appearance of new homes will respect the local vernacular without slavishly replicating the surroundings. Drawing upon local built form, details and materials enables the site to progress as visually cohesive, connected and complimentary to the locality though with a distinct identity.”

The plans show that the eight detached homes have been designed with private garages, while the terraced houses and the flats will have access to allocated off-street parking.

Parking will be designed “so that the street scene is not dominated by vehicles and to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists are not inconvenienced”.

The development will be accessible via Walworth Road, which the proposal says is in keeping with the requirements of the local plan.

It adds: “The proposed development will be in keeping with the character of the surrounding area by way of layout, scale, external appearance of the dwellings and landscaping.

“There will be no adverse impact on the character, appearance, residential amenity or the local highway network.”

The application also notes that Foreman Homes currently has “several on-going and permitted developments” in Picket Piece, the most recently approved being a Reserved Matters application for 82 units for land adjacent 10 Walworth Road.

Another application, for land north of 10 Walworth Road, is still to be determined.

For more information and to view the application for 3 Walworth Road in full go to and search using the reference number 19/02408/FULLN.