A NEW play area, public green space and 71 homes could be build in Andover if a developer is given the go ahead by Test Valley Borough Council.

A planning application has been submitted to the council by Persimmon Homes for the erection of 71 dwellings, together with a public open space area on land on the south side of London Road, Picket Twenty.

This would include nine one-bed homes, 43 two-bed homes, 21 three-bed homes and nine four-bed homes.

Andover Advertiser: Artistic impressions of the proposals

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In its application the developer has said that the new homes would "respect the existing landscape structure of Andover Down" because it would benefit from the "leafy character of the area" as well as retain and enhancing existing hedgerow.

As well the homes the developer proposes to provide a central green space, which would have a pond and play area.

In its application, the developer states: "The scheme is focused on the provision of a key green space at the heart of the scheme. This multi-functional open space will be suitable for informal children’s play as well as including a local equipped area for play.”

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It continues: "The space will provide space for existing and new planting along its northern edge, to provide a visual and physical separation with the grounds of the adjacent care home, as well as space for avenue trees along its eastern and western side."

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A public exhibition was held on Tuesday, October 10 at the Picket Twenty Community Centre where the developer presented two proposed developments one being land to the north of Picket Twenty, and the other land to the south of Picket Twenty.

A total of 73 residents attended the event to give their feedback and the develop has said they indicated that the "principle of the residential development was acceptable" on the site and proposed housing would "remove the unsafe and unsightly structures on the land".

It admitted that some concerns were raised around the highway network and access to the site.