Have your say on proposals for new communities in Botley and Hedge End

Members of the public will be invited to provide their views later this month, to help shape proposals for new homes, a secondary school and community facilities on the Uplands Farm Estate in Botley and Hedge End - in response to local housing and education needs.

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 emerging Local Plan – on which the Borough Council is expected to consult later this year. Hampshire County Council is also proposing a bypass for Botley for which a planning application was submitted earlier in the summer.

Leader of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Roy Perry, said: “The County Council is responding directly to a request from Eastleigh Borough Council for us to bring forward these sites as part of their Local Plan review.

“As the landowner, we are committed to creating a sustainable community 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. I would urge local people to take part in this consultation to ensure their views are reflected in outline proposals, which will be considered by Eastleigh Borough Council planners early next year.”

Proposals are being developed for the two sites, which could include up to 1,025 new private and affordable homes of different types and sizes, a local centre with up to 1,000 square metres of employment spaces, public open space, sports pitches and additional allotments.

At the same time, and as part of the Uplands Farm Estate consultation, Wildern Academy Trust, working alongside the County Council, will also be inviting residents to feedback on proposals for a secondary school on the Woodhouse Lane site.

The consultation is being held online at www.uplandsfarmestate.co.uk from 22 September to 20 October 2017. Paper copies of the consultation will also be available at two public exhibitions:

2pm to 8pm on Friday, 22 September, in the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Botley Centre
10am to 4pm on Saturday, 23 September, in the Large Hall, Hedge End 2000 Centre

Feedback collected during the consultation will be used to inform an outline planning application for a residential-led development at Woodhouse Lane and Winchester Street ,and a detailed application for a new secondary school at the Woodhouse Lane site. The planning applications are all expected to be submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council by spring 2018. 

More information can be found on the project website - www.uplandsfarmestate.co.uk - with consultation material available to download from 22 September 2017.