East Hampshire green town plans approved

A district council has approved the largest application it has ever considered, which will see the transformation of a garrison town into a thriving green town.

East Hampshire District Council approved the planning application to transform Whitehill & Bordon in Hampshire with 2,400 new homes, jobs, essential infrastructure, facilities and a new town centre.

The Army will leave the site later this year after more than 100 years in the town.

The town was one of the previous government’s Eco-towns and has recently been awarded ‘Housing Zone status’ by the Department for Communities and Local Government.

It has also been designated as one of five ‘step up towns’ by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership in recognition of its regional importance. This means that it has been earmarked as a major investment priority.

There are three sites in the town and all have planning approval and developers on board. They will see the overall regeneration of the town with 3,350 new homes, 5,500 new jobs, a thriving new town centre, new facilities and new schools, including a new secondary school.

The proposals include allotments and landscaping and consent has been given to convert an Army training area into a green space that will be open to the public and will include car parking, footpaths and cycle routes. This will be the country’s third largest Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) - land which residents can enjoy for recreation so that other habitats are protected.

The plans were submitted by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the property arm of the Ministry of Defence. The developers, Taylor Wimpey and Dorchester Regeneration, said they hope to start work on site in early 2016.

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