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.
What’s in the proposals?
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.
What has been done so far?
The initial phase of woodland clearing on Hogmoor Inclosure has been completed, paving the way for the re-introduction of heathland, a natural ecology that is essential to creating a diverse wildlife habitat. A big step in the creation of the proposed Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG).
So far almost five hectares of predominately pine planation woodland within Hogmoor Inclosure has been cleared with a view to creating a heathland habitat and bringing back species that used to live there as well as encouraging existing bat, bird and reptile populations. Clearing work will now be stopping in order to minimise disturbance during the important bird nesting season.
The improvements to Hogmoor Inclosure will respect the historic character of the site and provide a range of habitats for people and wildlife and, once completed, the inclosure will boast an additional 7.1 hectares of open heathland, on top of the existing 1.2 hectares that is being retained. This will open up the area to restore the habitats that previously existed on Hogmoor for many centuries.