It has been a little while since there was any update on Land East of Horndean and in recent months a lot has moved on behind the scenes.
Planning permission was enabled in February last year as “Outline Planning Permission” which approves the principal of developing the site and the number of homes and facilities. At this point the developers have a 3 year period from them to submit a ‘reserved matters’ application. Essentially this is the detail for the development which includes the style and appearance of the homes as well as discharging the pre-commencement conditions (The site investigation and sinkhole surveys for example).
In the last few months Bloor Homes, working closely with EHDC, have entered into agreements with the land owners to build housing and employment sites at Land East Of Horndean. They have also carried out significant works on the sinkhole locations on both Hazleton and Pyle Farms and will be commencing borehole site surveys from the 14th November. this will help them to develop a masterplan showing the final layout of the scheme.
This will include 700 homes, a primary school, community buildings, playing fields, public open space, play areas, allotments, a multi-use games area and more.
Over the next few months there will be further community consultation on the style and design of the housing and the type of retail area that should be included. East Hampshire District Council, the local parish councils and the community will be consulted on the detail surrounding the community facilities too. This will lead up to a detailed planning application in spring next year.
The development will generate about 70 homes a year and is expected to start in winter 2018. It has already been agreed that road improvements will be completed prior to any homes being sold and key infrastructure, such as the primary school and community building, needs to be delivered early on in the development.
Highwood, which secured planning permission on the whole development, is following up on its own plans for the care village, including a cricket pitch and pavilion on the land to the North of Rowlands Castle Road.
For Horndean this development provides much-needed housing and achieves a wide range of community benefits. The development of this site will help prevent building on less suitable sites in the village
Cllr Elaine Tickell, Ward Councillor for Hazleton and Blendworth, said: “I am pleased that we are now able to share with residents the hard work that has been going on behind the scenes. This development will be a tremendous asset to Horndean
Simon Breen, Senior Land Director at Bloor Homes, said: “Bloor Homes views Horndean as an excellent development location and we are delighted to be working closely with East Hampshire District Council and key local stakeholders. The company is seeking to deliver a high quality development befitting of this superb setting and location. There will be ongoing consultation with the local authority and interested parties from the local area prior to the reserve matters planning submission which is targeted for spring 2018.
Guy Shepherd, EHDC Portfolio holder for Regeneration Delivery, said: “A little while ago we worked with the community to identify the least worse place to build on and how to ensure we got a development that not only satisfied our housing needs, but also brought in key infrastructure to support the community. It is very good to see this coming forward now after 18 months of preparation by the land owners. With Bloor we have a well-regarded and reputable house builder who we look forward to working with to provide good quality housing that will complement our village and bring in 40 per cent affordable homes.”