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It's a big year for Whitehill & Bordon so make sure you have your say

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Partnership Press Release

Whitehill & Bordon residents have the opportunity to have their say on major planning applications which will start the transformation of the area.

They will be able to comment on proposals to redevelop the garrison into the new town centre which will include new homes, jobs and facilities.

Proposals to regenerate Louisburg Barracks and build a new relief road are also available to comment on.

Ferris Cowper, the Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: "This is a really big year for Whitehill & Bordon and we're doing everything we can to get people involved.

"This is about improving the town to make it a better place to live and work. So we need residents to tell us what they think about these proposals because it's all about making things better for them - new homes, new jobs, better opportunities, new facilities and a new town centre."

Hampshire County Council's Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: "This is real opportunity for local residents and businesses to get involved and shape the future for Whitehill & Bordon.

"The county council has already carried out feasibility work on what a new relief road could look like but we now want to hear from local residents and businesses that have expert local knowledge to help us design a relief road that will provide the best results for the new look town. Comments on the relief road can be submitted to the county council from 17 February to 31 March."

Adam Carew, local district councillor, said: "Our town's regeneration will be the biggest thing to happen in decades and these plans will guide the evolution of our town over the next 20 years. 2014 will be our biggest consultation exercise ever and we are very keen to hear all our residents' views."

The consultation starts on Saturday 1st March from 10am-5pm at Bordon Junior School.

There will be a chance to get more information at the event and talk to the applicants about their proposals. There will also be an opportunity to give views via questionnaires which will be available at the events and also online at www.whitehillbordon.com from 1 March

There will be a free bus running from the Forest Community Centre to the school all day (on 1 March) so that residents can easily get to the venue.

There will be several other events taking place in the town. These include:

  • Monday 10 March at the Forest Community Centre from 10am-8.30pm (the applicant teams will be available to answer questions and discuss proposals)
  • Thursday 6, 13 and 20 March at the Eco-station from 9am-5pm (please note that the applicant teams are not available at these events but members of the Whitehill & Bordon team will be on hand to answer queries).

There will also be information available at www.whitehillbordon.com (from 1st March) and residents have the opportunity to comment until Monday 31 March.

Information about the consultation is also being sent to homes and businesses in the town so that residents are armed with the information they need to get involved.

Residents have the chance to influence the following applications which are being submitted later this year. These include:

The main development application (this application is being submitted by the landowners which are the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (this is part of the Ministry of Defence), Hampshire County Council and East Hampshire District Council). Proposals include:

  • building up to 3,000 homes
  • land and buildings to create jobs
  • town centre with shops and other facilities
  • improved education facilities
  • more publicly-accessible green space

Louisburg Barracks (this application is being submitted by the Homes and Communities Agency)

  • 500 homes
  • employment land for about 500 jobs

Relief road (this application is being submitted by Hampshire County Council).

  • Four kilometre road that provides access to the new development and reduces congestion on the A325

An application will shortly be submitted to East Hampshire District Council for the development at Quebec Park (formally Quebec Barracks) where 100 homes and employment spaces that will support the creation of 100 jobs are set to be delivered. Two well-attended consultation events have already taken place about this and plans have been amended to take comments on board (e.g. some of the buildings' character features like different frontages have been retained because of residents' feedback).

The application for Quebec Park will be submitted this year.

Homes will start being built at Quebec later this year and building work will start in 2015 and 2016 for the other applications (subject to planning approval).

The total number of homes that will be built for all of the development sites will be up to 4,000.

The Army is leaving the town in 2015 and relocating to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire. This frees up approximately 100 hectares of land which will form the bulk of the town's regeneration.

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