The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company has taken over the management of the 54 hectare Hogmoor Inclosure from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), as part of its plans to regenerate the Prince Philip Barracks. Change of management took place on Thursday 5th November, 2015.
The Inclosure will become an integral part of the new green network of the new town and enhance the area’s ecological value. Work on the site to prepare it for public use will commence shortly.
The conversion of the existing Hogmoor Inclosure, which has primarily been used for military vehicle training, into a fantastic green space for the community will mean that Whitehill & Bordon will have the third largest Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) in the country. This will both protect and enhance some of the existing open green spaces available to local residents.
The masterplan proposals include a new cycling route, footpaths, public open space, children’s play areas, multi-use games areas, a BMX or skate-park, allotments, landscaping and a public car park. In addition, the southern section of a new relief road will be created to enable a more attractive alternative to the A325 for through traffic and to help manage the flow of traffic to the newly established town centre.
The initial focus of the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company will be to ensure the security of the site and local residents. Regular vehicle and foot patrols around the Inclosure will commence, while the police will also hold monthly group meetings at Martinique House, to allow the local community to report any incidents of crime or antisocial behaviour such as fly tipping.
From early 2016 the focus of works will shift towards bringing the Inclosure into public use. Plans for the coming two years will involve starting work on the new relief road as well as creating the Suitable Area Natural Greenspace (SANG). The EPR, a nationally recognised authority on ecology, habitat creation and maintenance, will be brought in to assist in the creation of the greenspace.
Long term plans will see the other plans introduced, including paths for walkers, cyclists and equestrians, a new car park, dog training area and other recreational areas.
James Child, Project Lead at Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, comments: “This is an exciting step in the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon’s Prince Phillip Barracks and the creation of a new, desirable place to live. It will see an expanse of waste and woodland that was only fit for tank training, transformed in to an accessible, ecological habitat. As one of the largest Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspaces in the country, the new look Hogmoor Inclosure really will be something for the whole community to enjoy and be proud of.
“While the overall transformation of the Hogmoor Inclosure into resident-friendly greenspace will take some time, we are working closely with various groups including the police, town council, neighbourhood watch, district councillors and volunteer groups to ensure the community remains informed of and involved in its progress.”
The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company will be providing regular updates through newsletters as well as on the website http://whitehillbordon.com/. Signage will also indicate the areas in which activity is to take place and over what periods. Access to these areas will be controlled and monitored for residents’ safety.
Adam Carew, Leader of Whitehill Town Council, said: “Local councillors have been determined to ensure that our green spaces such as the Hogmoor Inclosure are protected for the benefit of our community and future generations and that’s exactly what is going to happen.
“The Hogmoor Inclosure will not only be protected but will undergo a positive transformation, improving informal recreation for public enjoyment together with extensive habitat management to enhance wildlife biodiversity.
“I am delighted TWD Patrols will be set up to combat antisocial behaviour such as fly tipping, garden waste dumping and illegal motorbikes. Much time and effort is to be put in to make this a first class facility for our residents, we don’t want a tiny antisocial minority to trash it.”