Much is made in the community, and rightly so, about how new housing changes our community. This article talks a bit about Whitehill Bordon which is probably the most important area of building in East Hants, and in itself has made an enormous difference to the housing numbers across the planning authority. It is true that the presence of the South Downs National Park has resulted in more of the housing going outside of the park but Whitehill Bordon has saved Horndean and other communities from greater numbers of housing than we already have. Because of this it is worth covering.
EHDC needs to build 10,060 new homes between 2011 and 2028 (592 new homes per year across the District). Whitehill Bordon will take about 30% of these in a new Ecotown. This is being built on the former army land, so is an excellent example of ‘Brown Field Development’. The Garrison Town had a large community built up to support the Army, so if they just pulled out then the town would die. To prevent this an ambitious Ecotown has been designed and this is also being planned with sufficient employment sites so that there is one new job with every new home.
Contrary to our community where we are very focused on protecting our semi rural feel, the community at Whitehill Bordon are keen to see the regeneration proceed as it is also going to bring in new jobs, community facilities, health, schooling and leisure.
So far EHDC have granted 2 planning permissions:
Quebec Barracks: This will see the delivery of 100 homes and 1,500sqm of new employment space and Louisburg Barracks: This will see the delivery of 500 new homes and three hectares of employment land (with five more hectares to follow).
A third planning application is being worked on now for Prince Philip Barracks which will see the development of around 2,400 new homes, together with new schools and a new town centre. Up to 350 homes are expected to be built elsewhere in the town.
These new developments make a significant and immediate contribution to the EHDC Five Year Plan, and when the third application arrives then there is no developer in the land who will be able to argue that we do not have enough housing in the District.
The scale of the scheme and the contribution it will make to the economy and jobs is of such a scale that David Cameron is briefed on the plans every 6 months.
Enterprise M3 LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) have set aside £16m to fund a new bypass to the town. £10m has been put into the funding by HCC for new schooling and £4m is also approved for a new Enterprise Construction Skills Centre.
For some time I have been banging on about the Right Homes in the Right Places with the Right Facilities and it is probably remiss of me not to have blogged about this before. EHDC are a key partner in the delivery board and are leading much of this process.
For further information visit the main website which is here: Whitehill Bordon Website