Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “In bringing our land forward for development at this time, in response to local housing and education needs identified by Eastleigh Borough Council, we are ensuring that our pre-existing plans for new infrastructure in the area, such as the Botley bypass, are co-ordinated with the development of the new homes.
“The new planning applications for the housing and secondary school are the culmination of some careful co-ordination work to ensure that the proposals take account of the new bypass, which was granted planning permission in October 2017. Combining proposals in this way ensures we fulfil existing requirements in the area, while providing the best possible infrastructure solution for Botley’s current residents, as well as the new communities being planned at Uplands Farm.”
Councillor Perry added, “As the landowner, we are committed to enabling district and borough councils to deliver the sustainable communities they’ve included in their plans which will reflect the great character of Hampshire as a place to live, work and thrive – offering high quality homes for local people, with access to good transport, a secondary school and community facilities.”
Uplands Farm Estate consists of two sites owned by Hampshire County Council - west of Woodhouse Lane in Hedge End, and north of Winchester Street in Botley. Both sites have been identified for future housing development in Eastleigh Borough Council’s Draft Local Plan.
The two sites are being considered in two separate planning applications. Both applications have been designed to take into account the already-approved scheme for the Botley Bypass. Some minor alterations to the bypass scheme have been made to ensure good site access and road safety, and to provide safer routes to school.
The planning application for the Winchester Street site proposes up to 375 new homes, public open space and allotments.
The planning application for the Woodhouse Lane site proposes up to 605 new homes, a local centre with up to 1,000 square metres of much needed employment space close to where people live, public open space and sports pitches.
The Woodhouse Lane application also includes detailed proposals for a new 7-form entry secondary school on the Woodhouse Lane site, which could initially accommodate 1,050 pupils, but would have the potential for later expansion.
If the application is approved, the school will be the first element to be developed, ready to provide additional school places for which demand is already forecast in the local area, before the development of the new housing.
- See the applications on the planning portal:
• Woodhouse Lane application: O/18/83634
• Winchester Street application: O/18/83698