6 July 2015
Eastleigh Borough Council has unanimously approved Highwood Group’s landmark North Stoneham Park project to create an 1100-home community, following planning work from WYG. The development, which will include 385 affordable homes, also features a school, nursery, care home, shops, offices, public open space, including sports and recreational facilities, as well as an extension to a country park.
Outline planning permission for the new multi-million pound complex, which sits south of Eastleigh’s Chestnut Avenue and near Junction 5 of the M27, was agreed by all six Eastleigh Local Area Committee councillors who acknowledged the shortfall in the council’s five-year housing land supply and local affordable housing.
WYG acted as lead planning consultants on the outline application under a Planning Performance Agreement with Eastleigh Borough Council, including carrying out masterplanning and project co-ordination. It had already successfully secured a draft allocation in the emerging Eastleigh Borough Local Plan for strategic development at the site and appeared at the local plan examination in support of the allocation. Other WYG services for the application included environmental impact assessment, ecology, waste and minerals, and lighting.
WYG also conducted extensive engagement with the local community, stakeholders and other technical and statutory consultees and liaised with Eastleigh, Test Valley and Southampton councils - the site is located on the boundary of the three authorities - as well as Hampshire County Council. Both Highwood and WYG worked closely with the council and county conservationists to ensure any concerns regarding sustainability and the protection of the site’s historic areas were addressed.
Jon Bray, Associate Director at WYG’s Southampton office, said: “Our long-term planning strategy and creative thinking really paid off here and we are very proud that our hard work will contribute to this exciting community coming out of the ground.”
Simon Beech, Director at Highwood Group, commented: “Naturally, we’re delighted Eastleigh Borough Council has shared our vision for the town. The WYG team’s innovative planning solutions and drive really have underpinned this success, giving the application much needed momentum. We’re now looking forward to starting work on the development in 2016 and delivering what we believe will be a remarkable scheme for Eastleigh."
In addition to Highwood’s construction plans, beautiful landscaped public open spaces, green infrastructure and ecologically sensitive habitats are to be created.