Uplands Farm Estate
Proposals for new rural communities within Eastleigh Borough
Uplands Farm Estate consists of two sites owned by Hampshire County Council - west of Woodhouse Lane in Hedge End and north and east of Winchester Street in Botley. Both sites have been identified for future development in Eastleigh Borough Council’s pre-submission Draft Local Plan.
The County Council has agreed to make the land available for housing development in order to support Eastleigh Borough Council in fulfilling local housing need, to assist in the delivery of the Botley Bypass and to enable the provision of a new secondary school to meet local education need. The County Council has been working with Eastleigh Borough Council to help develop the vision for both sites.
The objective across the two sites is to provide up to 980 new homes including 35% affordable housing, playing fields and areas of open space, a local centre, additional allotments and a new 7 form entry (7FE) secondary school.
Hampshire County Council is also proposing to build a new Bypass to relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality in Botley village. Planning consent for the new Bypass was granted in November 2017. The Uplands Farm Estate applications have been considered and designed with reference to the consented Bypass scheme to ensure all three applications are fully integrated and the development of these sites will enable the release of land required to construct the Botley Bypass.
In addition to detailed studies and surveys, the final proposals have been informed by consultation with the local community, stakeholders and statutory consultees. This has helped to ensure a high-quality development that integrates with the existing community, maximises local benefits and mitigates potential impacts.
The development proposals for Uplands Farm Estate are to be delivered within two separate planning applications - one for the Woodhouse Lane site and the other for the Winchester Street site. Both planning applications have been submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council for consideration and determination and can be viewed on Eastleigh Borough Council’s website: www.eastleigh.gov.uk/planning-and-building/planning-applications
Woodhouse Lane site: Reference number: O/18/83634
Winchester Street site: Reference number: O/18/83698
In addition to the committed works set out in both planning applications, the County Council has agreed the broad Heads of Terms for a package of Section 106 obligations and financial contributions with Eastleigh Borough Council to support the proposed development. Amongst other things, this will include:
- Offsite highway works including a financial contribution towards the Botley Bypass.
- Transfer of land for a new Community Sports provision including financial contribution.
- A contribution towards the setting out and maintenance of open space and play areas.
- The Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC) would be transferred to Hedge End Town Council, along with an agreed ecological management plan and financial contribution, for future management and maintenance.
- A Solent Recreation Mitigation Partnership Contribution will be made towards the protection of the Solent SPA to support ecology offsite.
- A contribution towards the provision, improvement or extension of health facilities to meet the demands arising from the development.
- Financial contribution towards the provision of community facilities.
- Out of hours community use of facilities at the new secondary school, subject to agreement with the Wildern Academy Trust.
- Financial contribution towards Public Art within both developments.
- Financial contribution towards provision of Primary and Secondary School places.
To create new communities within a rural location that are well connected to the existing settlements of Hedge End and Botley and promote a high quality of life by providing:
- Housing to meet local needs – with a variety of types and tenures.
- Sustainable transport options and layouts that promote active lifestyles.
- A mixture of uses including social, education, commercial and residential.
- Outdoor spaces, street design and landscape that encourage social interaction ton create a community atmosphere.
- High quality design that creates a distinctive sense of place.