Planning application for major development areaAn outline planning application from Grainger Trust for the main part of the West of Waterlooville Major Development Area has been received by Winchester City Council. There will be a relatively lengthy validation period following which the public consultation will begin.
"This is a major step forward and although a vast amount of work remains to be done we can be pleased with where we are now," said Cllr George Hollingbery, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council and Chair of the West of Waterlooville Steering Group.
The outline application from Grainger Trust is for 1,550 homes and is one of two applications which make up the overall development - the other one is for 450 homes from Wimpey Homes, who have already submitted their application.
The application includes community facilities, a new primary school, community centre, open space, sports pitches and major road improvements. A Master Plan has been developed by Feilden Clegg Bradley - one of the most highly rated consultancy practices in the country.
The aim is to produce one of the very first sustainable new communities in accordance with best practice in urban design and will include on-site recycling, energy production, people-friendly streets, energy-efficient homes and local employment opportunities.
The application has to be considered by both Winchester City Council and Havant Borough Council, and extensive public consultation will start in September. It is intended the application will be determined in the New Year, probably late January or early February.
Cllr Hollingbery said he was delighted that after so much hard work and negotiation Grainger Trust have finally been able to make their application.
"West of Waterlooville has been allocated in the Local Plan for some time and we want to see the best possible sustainable community taking shape," he added.