Affordable Rented - Social Housing

Affordable rented housing (social housing) is available either through local councils or housing associations.

To be eligible for affordable rented housing in Whitehill & Bordon and throughout East Hampshire, applicants need to be registered with Hampshire Home Choice - https://www.hampshirehomechoice.org.uk

Intermediate Affordable Dwellings - Shared Ownership

Shared ownership housing schemes allow applicants to buy a share of the property (between 25% and 75%) using a deposit or mortgage. Occupants then pay a low rent on the remaining share to the local housing association.

For options on shared ownership as well as Help to Buy equity loans, rent to buy and affordable rent in Hampshire and other Southern regions, please register with Help to Buy South - http://www.helptobuysouth.co.uk

Whitehill & Bordon Overview:

Prince Philip Barracks
15% of the new homes on Prince Philip Barracks are due to be affordable. This is split between 60% social rented and 40% intermediate affordable dwellings.

Louisburg Barracks
20% (100 out of the 500) of the Louisburg Barracks homes are due to be affordable dwellings. 60 are due to be affordable rented and 40 intermediate affordable dwellings (shared ownership homes). Radian is the registered affordable housing provider.

Quebec Park
35 out of the 100 homes (35%) on Quebec Park are due to be a mixture of affordable dwellings.

Radian is the registered provider of social housing on Quebec Park and applicants must be registered with Hampshire Home Choice:
https://www.hampshirehomechoice.org.uk

For information about Radian’s shared ownership scheme in Whitehill & Bordon please visit:
https://www.radianhomes.co.uk/shared-ownership-guide

Help to Buy equity loans are available on Quebec Park and for information on this option please visit:
https://www.radianhomes.co.uk/helptobuy

These homes are owned by Annington Homes. These homes are currently used to house troops who are returning from Germany.

Planning permission has been given to refurbish the centre so it’s fit for purpose. The company which manages the facility is called Orchard Grove. For more information please see this website.

The first phase of the relief road has already been completed and work on the second stage is well underway.

The relief road route starts at the Whitehill crossroads in the south and travels north, along the abandoned railway line, before routing through Louisburg Barracks and re-connecting with the A325.For more information, please visit this website.

There are also plans for improved bus services which are more responsive to resident demands.

Work is also well underway to make it easier to walk and cycle round the town – via the ‘green loop’ and the ‘green grid’. These will link key features of the town (e.g. schools and shops) to be easily accessed via attractive off-road paths.

There aren’t currently any plans for a train station in the town. A feasibility study was done on this to investigate if it was a possible but it wasn’t a viable option for the network operators.

The town is being regenerated to give it a whole new lease of life.

This includes much-needed new homes, new schools, new facilities, new roads, a new leisure centre, arts and cultural facilities, sports pitches and unrivalled open spaces and parks which will be easily accessible for everyone to enjoy.

As well as this there will be more businesses in the town which will enable residents to both live and work in the town without the need to commute – giving them more opportunity for a better work/life balance.   The Enterprise Zone status at Louisburg Barracks will help in attracting these new employers.

The town also has ‘healthy new town’ status which sees a wide range of NHS, public sector and voluntary organisations working to ensure that it is transformed into a town where it is easy for residents to live healthy and independent lives and have better local care when they need it.

The new high street will be on the Prince Philip Barracks site. It will have a variety of shops and leisure opportunities for residents to enjoy.

For more information about how the new town centre will be developed please visit this website.

A group called Xchange has been set up which aims to provide residents with a direct link to the decision-makers who are guiding the regeneration of the town. The aims of Xchange are to:

1) Enable residents to be informed and empowered during the regeneration process

2) Identify and take action to address community needs, gaps, and concerns

3) Identify, promote and celebrate good community news

4) Help foster a real sense of community spirit by encouraging the coming together of new and existing residents.

A Community Development Trust (CDT) is being set-up in the town. This enables an opportunity for local people to be involved and galvanise their communities as a local charity to deliver programmes which meet local need. A CDT is a sustainable approach to the management of assets for the benefit of local communities. There are now hundreds of such community organisations in the country.

The aims and objectives of the CDT are to:

1) Ensure the effective implementation of key local strategies including heritage, recreation and arts & culture

2) Initiate, co-ordinate and deliver community development and cultural activities to create a thriving integrated community

3) Encourage a green and healthy lifestyle amongst residents and businesses

4) Own, maintain and effectively manage any endowed community land and buildings

We have liaised extensively with youngsters in the town and the surrounding areas to ensure that future generations are involved in plans for Whitehill & Bordon. 

This has included going into schools as well as being at events which this group are at to discuss proposals.

Extensive marketing and promotion are taking place to ensure that businesses are aware of the exceptional opportunities in Whitehill & Bordon. We are very keen to attract particular sectors to the town including new technology focussed businesses.

The Enterprise Zone means that the town will be promoted nationally and internationally – via a partnership of the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Hampshire County Council, the site owners and East Hampshire District Council.

Marketing agents have also been appointed by the landowners to promote the housing and employment space and land.

There are opportunities for construction apprenticeships here:

A £4million ‘future skills centre’ is being built which will offer a variety of vocational training to post-16 students and adults – with an initial focus on construction skills.  This flagship facility will offer young people, employers and the wider community the skills necessary for the jobs that will be created by the regeneration, and improve the area’s economic prosperity.

Developers and construction companies are required to provide training and employment opportunities to local people through employment and skill plan agreements with East Hampshire District Council.  

And a business and enterprise centre which will create 200 jobs and aims to attract entrepreneurs, support local start-ups and small businesses.

‘Enterprise Zone status’ – this applies to a particular area of the town and eligible businesses which move to the Enterprise Zone by 31 March 2022 will not have to pay any business rates for five years – which could be worth approximately £275,000 to a business.   

Businesses will need to complete an application and certain criteria will need to be met to qualify.

Business rates generated in the Enterprise Zone will also be retained in the area by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) and this will provide an investment fund over the next 25 years that will support future economic growth across the Enterprise Zone and the wider LEP area.

The LEP will work in partnership with the local authorities, developers and other stakeholders to invest the retained rates, estimated to be in the region of £178million (over 25 years), in ways which will increase prosperity and create further development opportunities.

A new 900 place secondary school is to be built, for the Mill Chase Academy to move to, as part of the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon.

There is a plan for ensuring that the heritage of the town is respected and where possible preserved for future generations to mark its important military history.

Two key examples of this are the retention of

1) The former Sergeants’ Mess, know as Broxhead House on Louisburg Barracks, which is being converted into new workspace fro small businesses, and

2) The Centurion and Chieftain barrack blocks into flexible office space.

It is being transformed into a green and healthy town. Partners are striving to achieve the highest environmental standards possible for the new homes.

Rather than the term Eco-town – it will be a sustainable community that encompasses the social, environmental and economic qualities of the town.

A ‘green loop’ and ‘green grid' will enable residents to walk and cycle around the town on attractive paths that avoid roads – but connect the town’s main facilities with homes and green spaces.

By making it easier to walk and cycle around the town with the ‘green loop’ and ‘green grid’ we will try to reduce the reliance on the car.

By providing facilities within the town so that people do not need to travel to access shops, leisure, education and employment.