News Church Lane Housing Development

Housing Development at Church Lane

A public meeting was held in January 2020, which some 70 people attended. A report of that meeting is available by clicking to see the report
  • The development is going ahead – there have been four years of consultation and it is approved by the government’s Planning Inspectors.  This cannot be reversed. 
  • The latest policy and guidance specifically on this site is on page 74 and the map on page 75 of the NFNPA Local Plan 2016-2036. Appended below are screen grab copies of those Church Lane specific items. Any development must adhere to Policy SP25.   
  • It would be most helpful if anyone attending the meeting has read the one side of NFNPA guidance and policy appended below.
  • The full NFNPA Local Plan is available as a pdf from and there is a consultation copy in Sway Parish Office or the NFNPA Reception.  All other policies in the Local Plan must also apply.
  • The highest bidder for the site is understood to be a national company who may not know details of the New Forest National Park, so Sway Parish Council plans to contact the winning bidder as soon as details are confirmed, to offer our assistance. 
  • For such a development the first stage is often an ‘Outline Planning Application’ and this is later followed by a full Planning Application. 
  • As the planning process continues typically a first full planning application may be overly optimistic and be refused – and might go to appeal.  At every stage as many Sway residents as possible should send in any comments so as to improve the chances that Sway can influence the planning officer.
  • As full planning permission is granted there will be a number of binding conditions attached to the permission and those will be one of the areas that Sway Parish Council will be considering.  Sway Parish Council might, for instance, be looking to/for:

        - Ensure design adheres to the Sway Village Design Statement (available here).

        - Ensure as much affordable housing for local people (on the waiting list) as possible.

        - Providing a pedestrian link from Jubilee Field through to opposite Westbeams Road (for easier access to the school).

        - Ensuring the maximum environmental and green credentials for all dwellings.

        - Ensuring gardens with native and forest-friendly planting in all dwellings.

        - Better pedestrian traffic access from and along the Church Lane, during and after works.

        - Sufficient parking space for all dwellings – new and existing.

        - Developing the informal green space as forest-friendly and also welcoming to local children.

        - Preserving as many mature trees and hedgerows as possible, including those covered by Tree Preservation Orders (TPO map available here) 

        - Improving utilities in the area for the new housing (such as drainage, sewerage etc.).

The options above are the sorts of matters that Sway Parish Council will be considering, and we welcome thoughts on that range of items.