PLANS have been submitted for a development of 48 new homes in Oakley.

The site for the potential development is Park Farm with Wates Development submitting an outline planning application for the development to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

This means if the company is given consent, the developer will need to submit another application to show the appearance and architecture of the plan, but has said Wates Development keeping the general look and theme of Oakley was one of the key considerations in the application.

A statement submitted with the application reads: “The appearance and architecture of the new homes will be determined at reserved matters stage following the determination of this application.

"It should reflect the setting and be responsive to the local vernacular, enhancing the character of Oakley.

"This should be through study of Hampshire vernacular, materials and architectural form, that could be reflected by employing stock brick with render and tiled clay roof similarly used in the surrounding villages, or by utilising timber cladding reflecting the woodland environment.”

Concluding their application, the developer states: "Our proposals will deliver a sensitive and sustainable development."

There have however already been concerns raised over the development.

In the borough council's planning portal, one neighbour objected to some of the wildlife assessments made by the company, contending the study carried out into bat activity nearby.

The residents argues there is bat activity on the east side of the proposed development, which would be disturbed by the necessary felling of trees.

The new development would also bring with it new facilities in addition to the homes that would be built.

Also going on the site would be pedestrian and cycle access through the area, as well as some new allotments, in accordance with the agreed Neighbourhood Plan.

The application is due to be decided on by Friday, 17 November.

For more information and to comment on the proposal, go to and search using the reference number 17/02874/OUT.