31 May 2017
Image credit: Highwood Group Ltd
A multidisciplinary team from WYG has secured detailed planning approval for the first phase of a 1,100-home community at North Stoneham Park in Eastleigh, Hampshire. The permission, for reserved matters means that work is now expected to start on site in August.
Working for client, Highwood Group, the team secured reserved matters approval within 16 weeks of submission with use of a Planning Performance Agreement with the local planning authority Eastleigh Borough Council. We provided planning, ecology, lighting, minerals and waste and Environmental Impact Assessment services.
The first phase will deliver a mix of 560 new homes, including 196 affordable homes. It will also include public open space and play areas; green links through the development; pedestrian and cycle links and supporting infrastructure, including a new spine road.
WYG had secured outline planning permission in January 2016 and, prior to that, a draft allocation in the emerging Eastleigh Borough Local Plan for strategic development.
The overall scheme also includes plans to create a new local centre including a new primary school, children’s pre-school nursery, community building, homes for older people, retail and offices. The development also facilitates an extension to Lakeside Country Park and new local sports facilities as well as improvements to other local infrastructure (such as road junction improvements, new footways and cycle links).
Eastleigh Borough Council commented: “This exciting development of a new community will see enhanced facilities for all Eastleigh residents with 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.”
Simon Beech from Highwood Group said: “We are extremely pleased to secure our first phase reserved matters consent. The entire team were issued with a particularly tight time line at the outset but against the odds we achieved our deadline and subsequent consent. The team at WYG worked tirelessly to ensure we stayed on track, and particularly Jon Bray.”
Jon Bray, Associate Director at WYG’s Southampton office, said: “The decision is the latest step in a long-term project. We are very proud that our hard work will contribute to this exciting community coming out of the ground.”