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560 homes approved in Hampshire

Words: Laura Edgar
Artist's impression / Highwood Group

Eastleigh Borough Council has approved the initial phase of a 1,100-home community at North Stoneham Park in Eastleigh, with work expected to begin in August.

Outline planning permission was secured in January 2016.

A team from planning consultancy WYG secured the permission for reserved matters on behalf of developer Highwood Group using a Planning Performance Agreement with the council.

This phase will deliver a mix of 560 homes, 196 of which will be affordable. Plans also include public open space and play areas, pedestrian and cycle links and supporting infrastructure.

Proposals for the full 1,100-home scheme comprise a primary school, a pre-school nursery, housing for older people, retail space and offices. It will facilitate improvements to local infrastructure, such as road junction improvements.

Eastleigh Borough Council the new community will see “great improvements” to parts of the historic park and restoration of historic buildings.

“More people than ever before will be able to have access to this land and understand the historic value with its restoration. It will also provide much needed affordable housing allowing local people to be able to have a home of their own.”

Image credit | Highwood Group