More than 20 family homes could be built on the site of a “dilapidated” former nursery near Oakhanger.

Plans to build 23 houses on the Garden Nursery Springfields site off Latchford Lane have been submitted to East Hampshire District Council.

Two houses and more than a dozen sheds, barns and glasshouses on the 1.86 hectare site next to Forest Motors will be demolished if the application by the MCL Group is approved.

The proposals include a range of three and four-bedroom semi and detached houses, spaced around two cul-de-sacs. Ten of the 23 proposed three and four-bedroom houses will be affordable while the properties will be “generously” spaced according to the applicants.

“The application site is a former horticultural nursery which is no longer trading, nor capable of being regenerated into a financially viable business,” states the firm’s Design & Access Statement.

“The site is a substantial parcel of land that has become an eyesore within the countryside since the closure of the original nursery business.

“This application proposes the removal of a poor quality dilapidated and unsightly development, and replacement with a new high-quality, visually attractive and sustainable development which will contribute positively to the immediate area.

“It will be a vibrant, well-considered development, contributing positively to this locality.”

No public comments have been submitted at the time of the writing although Thames Water have raised initial objections, as they want more information about drainage arrangements.

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