The transformation of Louisburg Barracks is the start of Whitehill & Bordon’s regeneration, which will see 3,500 new homes built for the local community.
Following the military’s departure, The Homes and Communities Agency has invested £10m to date to get the former-MoD site ready for development.
As the government’s national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England, part of its role is to transform public land into sites for housing development, helping to meet the need for new and affordable housing across the country.
Significant work was undertaken to prepare the Louisburg site for development including demolition of existing buildings and removing a private utility network that had been left behind. It previously served as military barracks for more than 100 years. As a result, land that was previously unsuitable for development had plans in place within just 18 months.
Kevin Bourner, Head of Area at the Homes and Communities Agency said:“Louisburg barracks provided a great opportunity to build much-needed new and affordable housing for the local community, so we were determined to get the former MoD land ready for development as quickly as possible.
“With Barratt Developments now on board, the vision for Whitehill & Bordon’s regeneration is an important step closer.”
Ian Wallace, managing director of Barratt Developments said:“We are delighted to work with the HCA again. This is an important regeneration project for the region and we look forward to working with all the partners to create these new homes.
“As well as providing 3,350 new homes for the local community, the regeneration of Whitehill and Bordon will create 5,500 new jobs, a new town centre, a new relief road and significant community infrastructure, including a new primary and secondary school, new shops, a new care home and improved medical facilities.”
Renovation of the old Sergeants’ Mess, Broxhead House, will also create new jobs for local people. Planning approval has been given to transform the building into a new business and enterprise centre on the site.
Developed with support of £4m investment from Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, this new building will house small businesses, including start-ups.
Barratt Developments will start house building early next year.
The new homes will be a mixture of two, three, four and five bedroom properties, providing a mixture of housing for the new community being built in Whitehill & Bordon.
Cllr Ferris Cowper, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “Louisburg Barracks will be a key part of the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon with 500 new homes, 500 jobs, a skills training centre and a business and enterprise centre all planned for this site.
“I am delighted Barratts have signed up to this exciting project as it means residents will soon be seeing the results on the ground and reaping the benefits.”
Geoff French CBE, Chair of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, said:“The business and enterprise centre will be instrumental in securing new jobs in the town and our early £4million investment will ensure that these jobs are created in tandem with the new homes.
“This centre will not only support and nurture small businesses, attract start-ups and entrepreneurs – but it will also be a catalyst for further investment in the town.
“Whitehill & Bordon will soon be seen as a hub for economic growth and these homes will be in a sought-after location with access to interesting new jobs and opportunities.”
A further 100 new homes will be built at the former Quebec Barracks, and demolition work is already taking place.