Construction has started this week on phase one of a new road that will kick-start the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon.
This critical infrastructure will support and accelerate the town’s redevelopment, which will create 3,350 new homes, 5,500 new jobs, a new town centre, schools and leisure facilities.
The first phase of work runs from the north of the town through Louisburg Barracks and is due to be completed by autumn 2016.
Funded by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) the Government’s housing and regeneration agency, it forms part of the wider transformation of the former military facility.
Kevin Bourner, Head of Area at the Homes and Communities Agency said: “The new road will provide crucial access to development sites across the area, but it’s much more important than that. This infrastructure will kick-start the town’s transformation and support investment that will benefit local people for generations to come.
“It also forms part of a major redevelopment project for the HCA at Louisburg, a site which will provide 500 new homes for the people of Whitehill & Bordon.”
The HCA has committed £5.5m to delivering the first phase of the five kilometre road. It is being managed by Hampshire County Council and built by Raymond Brown.
Enterprise M3 LEP has also signed off a further £17.5m funding for phase two of the road, which will begin next year.
Once complete, the road will run from the north of the town, through the garrison sites, and use part of the disused railway route. It will then connect with the A325 and continue to the Liphook Road junction.
As well as providing access to the main development sites, including the new town centre, it will also take the pressure off the existing A325.
Alongside delivering the new road, Hampshire County Council will also make improvements to the existing A325, to ease existing congestion and help make this route through the town a more attractive option for walkers and cyclists, as well as drivers.
Cllr Seán Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, said: “The County Council has been working hard developing and designing a new relief road with partners and local residents to ensure it is not only fit for purpose for years to come but also takes into consideration the environmental surroundings.
The relief road will provide a much needed route through the new tow to encourage economic growth, provide access to the new housing areas and reduce congestion in and around the A325 by offering an attractive alternative to road users.
The Council will endeavour to keep residents informed of progress and disruption to a minimum throughout the project.”
The Homes and Communities Agency is also working closely with East Hampshire District Council, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation and the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise partnership, along with Hampshire County Council, on both the road and the wider regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, the Leader of East Hampshire, said: “The great plea from the residents of East Hampshire is to have infrastructure to match the needs of new housing. Well here we have our new road started before a single house has been built.
“That shows the immense commitment of EHDC and our partners to delivering a well-balanced town that our residents will be proud to call ‘home’”.
LEP Board chairman Geoff French said: “This is the first major investment in infrastructure Whitehill & Bordon has seen and will help unlock the economic potential of the town.
“This is an exciting project that will encourage growth in the area and eventually support the buoyant town centre that is to come. We are thrilled to see this hard work come to fruition.”