West of Waterloovile MDA

An outline planning application for the first part of the Major Development Area to the West of Waterlooville has been lodged with Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council and exhibitions will be taking place next month, making sure everyone gets the chance to see the proposals.

Developers George Wimpy (UK) Ltd have submitted the outline plans for the site at Old Park Farm, south of Hambledon Road in Waterlooville. As well as Old Park Farm, the Major Development Area also includes land at Plant Farm, owned by Southwick Estate and the Grainger Trust. Outline plans for Plant Farm have yet to be submitted.

The application is for 450 new homes, 24 live/work units and 7.29 hectares of employment land, together with provision for retail, food and drink, financial/professional and health, as well as areas set aside for recreation and open space, and the construction of two new accesses from Hambledon Road.

Because the majority of the MDA falls in Winchester City Council's area, Winchester is the lead planning authority and is undertaking statutory consultations, arranging exhibitions and publishing a Major Development Area newsletter.

However, parts of both Old Park Farm and Plant Farm are in Havant Borough and Havant Borough Council is undertaking normal publicity for a planning application including adverts, site notices and sending letters to over 1000 neighbour properties in both districts.

Planning consultants Atkins have been appointed by both councils to undertake an assessment of the application, conduct negotiations, respond to correspondence, assess the Environmental Statement, give presentations, and prepare reports for Development Control Committees in Havant and Winchester.

Exhibitions are being held in both council areas and anyone interested in seeing the outline plans will be able visit either Waterlooville library or Denmead Community Centre between April 5-22. Council officers will be available at Waterlooville Library on April 6 from 9.30am-1pm, April 9 from 9.30am-12.30pm, April 14 from 4pm-7pm, and April 18 from 2pm-5pm, and at Denmead Community Centre on April 7 from 10am-12noon, April 16 from 10am-12noon, and April 19 from 2pm-4pm.

The application can also be viewed at Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester and the Civic Offices in Havant. Comments should be sent to Winchester City Council Development Services, Avalon House, Chesil Street, Winchester, SO23 OHU, by May 3. Winchester will forward copies of all letters received to Havant.