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Housing Development at Church Lane

UPDATE 18 MAY 2022:

The archeological dig has commenced at the site. You can read details in the report prepared by Cotswold Archeology.

UPDATE 12 MAY 2022: 

Another update meeting provided details of the revisions to the planned open space, and further discussion on the housing portfolio within the development. We hope to see amendments to this aspect soon.


A further meeting of the Church Lane Working Group and Parish Councillors was held yesterday and proved useful. Amendments have been suggested to improve the scheme and to resolve some of the issues raised during feedback. Reports and surveys are still being carried out on the site and those reports will be published as they are received. It was felt to be a positive and productive meeting. 


Members of the Church Lane Working Group and Sway Parish Council met with the developer to review the plans and application in light of all the responses so far. 


The Parish Council, through the Church Lane Working Group, has taken Sway residents' comments into consideration, and prepared a further submission outlining some more details and further suggestions on the application. The Parish Council will also consider commissioning an independent professional road safety and highways report, at the meeting on Thursday 16th December. See the further detailed response from Sway Parish Council. 


After consultation with residents, the Parish Council has compiled a comprehensive response to the planning application for the proposed development at Church Lane. We have today submitted it to the NFNPA. See the response from Sway Parish Council here


On 30 September we received notification that the application for the development at Church Lane had been submitted to the NFNPA for public consultation (open until 3rd November). The proposal confirms 46 dwellings, ancillary infrastructure, access provisions and associated informal green space and landscaping. There have been some minor adjustments made to the initial proposal which was presented at the public drop-in session on 16th August.


The Planning Committee will be reviewing the application at our next meeting on 11th October. We are pleased that Giles Moir, from the developer, will attend a residents’ drop-in session at the Village Hall from 6:30pm on Monday 25th October. Parish Councillors will also be there. Our final representation to the application will take into account views expressed at this meeting, as well as comments submitted by you directly to the NFNPA portal. It will be discussed at the full Parish council meeting on Thursday 28th October.


This development will have an impact on all residents of Sway and its environs. Please make sure we represent your views by attending the drop-in session on Monday 25th, and/or by submitting your comments to the NFNPA directly, or by contacting the Parish Clerk or any Parish Councillor directly.


Residents were invited to attend a drop-in session at the Jubilee Field Pavilion on Monday 16th August between 4 and 6pm. Over 60 people attended and had the chance to air their views to the developer and architect of the site, and members of the Parish Council. At its meeting on 26th August, the Parish Council resolved to compose a formal response and to seek further information on a number of matters previously raised which remained unanswered.

UPDATE 22 JULY 2021: 
On behalf of Hurst and Hurst Estates Ltd, Chapman Lily Planning is preparing a planning application for the proposed redevelopment of land at Church Lane to provide new homes and informal open space. They are keen to seek the views of local residents to help inform the design and layout of the proposed development. They have setup a website which provides details of the proposed development and invites your feedback and comments.

The address of the website is: 

We urge all residents to give their views.
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.