Plans for 500 homes on Hampshire MoD site approved

A council has approved an outline planning application for a 500 home development at a former Ministry of Defence barracks at Whitehill and Bordon in Hampshire.

Housing and regeneration quango the Homes and Communities Agency’s (HCA) plans include 500 homes and three hectares of employment space at the Louisburg Barracks site.

The hybrid application also included the first phase of a 970 metre relief road planned to provide access to the site and ease congestion around the town.

Work is expected to start on the road by next spring and is supported by around £10 million in investment from the HCA, the agency said in a statement.

East Hampshire District Council's planning committee approved the plans last night and the HCA has now started a search for a development partner to produce detailed proposals next year.

It is planning to select a partner before the end of the year.

The planning report stated that the proposals "broadly comply with policy requirements" and that planning permission should be granted provided all parties enter into a legal agreement to ensure the delivery of contributions to schools, sport, leisure and open space, transport and community facilities.

The project is an early phase of local plans to build around 3,500 new homes as part of a new community in Whitehill and Bordon, following the MoD’s decision to leave the area.

The scheme was one of the last government's eco towns.

East Hampshire District Council deputy leader and portfolio holder for commercial contracts Cllr Richard Millard said: "This is the second major planning application to be approved as part of the town's regeneration and it shows just how far this project has progressed over the last few months.

"This scheme will radically transform the former army barracks into a thriving community with 500 much-needed homes and jobs, and contribute significantly to a ‘step change’ in the lives of everyone in Whitehill and Bordon."

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