The regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon has been shortlisted for another prestigious award.
The town is being transformed from a former army garrison to a green, healthy and connected place by a partnership of public and private organisations – led by East Hampshire District Council.
In total 3,350 new homes are planned, alongside crucial new infrastructure such as schools, business premises, recreation space and a relief road.
The Planning Awards 2020 has shortlisted the project in the category of ‘planning for increased housing delivery’ having seen more than 540 high-quality homes built since 2017.
Much of the infrastructure has been delivered already, giving residents access to new facilities and exciting new employment opportunities.
House building has been accelerated by developing innovative and adaptive planning policies, strong collaborations with partners and creative problem-solving.
Permission has been granted for 190 dwellings in 2019-20, and reserved matters consent granted for a new town centre, including 170 new homes.
In June 2019, the team also won an award for innovative and excellent partnership work.
Cllr Richard Millard, Leader of East Hampshire District Council, said: “The delivery of homes in Whitehill & Bordon is an integral part of how we are transforming the town.
“We are ahead of schedule with the homes we have delivered but we have made sure that key elements of infrastructure have been built alongside the homes.
“I am proud of what we and our partners have achieved. There is still so much more to do but this award shows that we are on the right path.”
Councillor Keith Mans, Leader of Hampshire County Council, said: “I’m delighted that Hampshire County Council has been able to play such a significant role in the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon, delivering a number of projects which have underpinned the economic prospects of the area – the new relief road, the innovative Future Skills Centre, and finally the new Oakmoor School building – a fabulous teaching and learning space for the community now and into the future.
“All of these achievements have helped to deliver the number of houses needed and the new community to grow. Our work continues to implement a range of travel and transport improvements which will integrate new developments with the existing town and are designed to encourage people to walk and cycle more. In time, these improvements will also connect to a wider network of upgraded cycle and walking routes thanks to our successful funding bid to the EM3 Local Enterprise Partnership and close partnership working with East Hampshire District Council.”
The partnership behind the regeneration project is made up of East Hampshire District Council, Barratt Homes, David Wilson Homes, Zero C, Taylor Wimpey, the Ministry of Defence, Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership, Hampshire County Council, Homes England, Radian Homes and the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company.
The winners of the award will be announced on Thursday 24 September 2020 in London.