North Whiteley

The North Whiteley major development area is located to the north of the existing settlement at Whiteley.

The development has been carefully designed to fit within the existing landscape and includes large retained areas of woodland and open space. The outline consent is for 3,500 homes, two primary schools, a secondary school, retail and community centre and significant highway improvements.

The development is promoted by three major housebuilders and a land owner acting as a consortium and working closely with the city council and the county council

 

North Whiteley details

Cabinet Member

Cllr Jackie Porter

Start Date

12/03/2015

Key Steps/Milestones

Status - Active

Milestones:

Status – Active

 

Milestones:

  • - Outline planning consent granted 30 July 2018
  • - Work commenced on site 28 January 2019
  • - First occupation occurred on 23 December 2019
  • - 5 Reserve matters applications have been approved
  • - Hampshire County Council approved the planning application for Primary School 1. 
  • - 4 Reserve matters applications are currently under consideration

 

 

Latest Status

  • The five reserve matters applications approve the details of 670 dwellings and construction is underway. 
  • Eight of the properties have now been occupied.
  • The northern and western junctions into the site have been constructed.
  • The extensions to Bluebell Way and Whiteley Way are under construction and will link Whiteley town with the Botley Road to the North.  Three bridges are under construction.
  • Trees were removed along Whiteley Way prior to the nesting season.  This was required to facilitate the widening of the road.
  • The land was transferred to Hampshire County council to build Primary School 1 and work has commenced on site.
  • The Consortium closed the site when the furlough scheme was introduced.   On 11 May, the Government announced their ‘Our Plan to Rebuild’ which specifically allowed construction workers to return to work, if they were in a Covid secure environment. Since mid -June construction work has gradually recommenced.
  • On 13 May, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government provided a ‘Construction Update’.  The update can be found here.  This update included instruction to local authorities to help the building industry make up some of the time lost through the shutdown by allowing them to extend their hours of operation.  Specifically, “local authorities should not refuse requests to extend working hours until 9pm, Monday to Saturday without very compelling reasons for rejection.” 
  • The Consortium made a request to extend their hours of operation on North Whiteley to 9pm, Monday – Saturday and consent was granted on 1 June 2020.  This consent ends on 31 May 2021.
  • The Consortium has informed us that they are mindful of their responsibilities to neighbours and will only carry out quiet activities during evening working.   Currently these extended hours have only been used to undertake work on Bridge 1 in the northern area.
  • The North Whiteley Forum, consisting of elected representatives of the city council, county council, neighbouring districts and parish councils meets at least three times a year to monitor progress on the project.  For further information please see the North Whiteley Development Forum pages.
  • The North Whiteley Implementation officer is in post.

Last Committee Report

The latest update on the North Whiteley project can be found in the papers of the North Whiteley Development Forum which was cancelled in July 2020. To find out the latest click here (pdf, 3.8mb)

Next Steps

Four reserve matters applications are under consideration for a further 779 dwellings.