This sunken lane would have been filled in under DOT’s bypass scheme.
First section of a DoT plan to build a fast dual-carriageway from M27 J2 (Ower) to M4 J18 (Tormarton). Withdrawn by government in April 1994 after failure to pick an acceptable route through the tranquil Blackwater Valley either north or south of the ancient church where Florence Nightingale is buried. This area is further constrained by its location in the consultation zone of the Mottisfont bats special area of conservation (SAC).
Any route south of the existing A36 would have to run through the New Forest National Park, protected by national and international designations including SAC, SPA, Ramsar and SSSI. An online scheme would have to cut through the southern fringe of the village, requiring demolitions and provoking fierce opposition. Hants County Council has opposed increases in capacity along its section of the A36 for the best part of 30 years.
The A36 Wellow bypass would have crossed this field in West Welow;