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This land off of Stowell Road in Bedford is being proposed for a new development with nine new houses. (COURTESY))

Bedford housing development delayed

BEDFORD — One year after the construction of a new housing development was approved for Stowell Road, the project continues to be delayed.

Town planners approved the project in October of 2016, which includes nine new houses and one lot of open space on a 20-acre property off Stowell Road.

This week, the Planning Board granted a one-year extension to Huntington Ridge, which provides the developer with more time to meet the conditions of approval for the subdivision.

“We will continue working with staff to get through the conditions and hopefully start in the new construction season next spring,” said Jason Lopez of Keach-Nordstrom Associates, Inc.

According to the plans on file at town hall, the site is located uphill from Route 101 and Stowell Road, and is currently vacant wooded land that abuts several homes along Winchester Lane and Stowell Road.

A new public road, Huntington Ridge Road, will be constructed as part of the project. The road will be located about 200 feet south of the Route 101 and Stowell Road intersection.

The nine-lot residential cluster development includes a 1,200-foot roadway and cul-de-sac, according to the plans. Nine homes will be constructed, with lots ranging in size from 22,121 square feet to 47,695 square feet, according to the plans.

Becky Hebert, local planning director, said she is working with the owner, Hampshire Ventures, LLC, to move the project forward.

“I am sure we are going to be able to come to a resolution with all of the conditions,” Hebert told the board.

According to the plans, none of the housing lots are located within the first 600-feet of the new roadway, but they will be centrally located on the property, which is currently vacant and forested.

The additional open space lot is nearly 11 acres, state the plans. There are two wetland areas on the site, and Pulpit Brook runs along the westerly portion of the property line.

Some of the conditions needed to meet approval include the formation of a homeowners association, a New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services alteration of terrain permit and DES state subdivision approval.

If blasting is deemed necessary at the site, developers must submit a supply well testing and monitoring plan to be reviewed by the Planning Board prior to the issuance of any blasting permits, according to the plans.

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