Proposals for Land South of Chestnut Avenue
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The land south of Chestnut Avenue refers to an area of North Stoneham in Eastleigh, which is shown edged red on the adjacent image and represents a stunning project that has been now given the green light for development by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The land itself is controlled by the Highwood Group and totals some 62 hectares. It has been included as a draft allocation in the emerging Eastleigh Borough Local Plan for residential-led mixed-use development.

Highwood's North Stoneham Park scheme answers the issue of a shortfall in the Council's five-year housing land supply and local affordable housing by delivering 1100 new homes to meet the housing requirement for the site, accommodation for the elderly, including a care home and assisted and independent living units, a school, community, leisure and sporting facilities and landscaped public spaces.

The site

The site is set on the administrative boundary between the Eastleigh and Test Valley Boroughs, bounded by Chestnut Avenue to the north, Stoneham Way to the East and Home Wood to the west. Park Farm is located to the south and Kennel Copse to the south-west.

A collaborative project

The unanimous backing by Eastleigh Borough Councillors is testament to Highwood's close collaboration with the local authority, county conservationists, specialist consultants and the local community. Always mindful of the impact on the local community, Highwood has actively engaged with residents throughout the process by holding public exhibitions that were attended by hundreds of local people who were invited to present their views and questions on how the development might affect their community and, in a final public exhibition, to see how their comments had been incorporated in to the masterplan.

The result is a scheme that delivers more than a thousand new homes, including affordable housing provision, a 60-bed care home, independent and assisted living accommodation, a new primary school, a community centre with shops a nursery and leisure facilities, superb sporting facilities and beautiful, landscaped open spaces. As part of the wider project, a new traffic management solution has been designed to ease the traffic flow on Stoneham Lane and the M27 motorway junctions.

Construction on the project is due to begin in 2017; in the meantime, please visit this website often to stay up to date with news and developments.


Highwood's development comprises a mix of residential, education, retail and community uses and the scheme is enhanced with a programme that will deliver a wealth of public open spaces, landscaping and highway works. The key project features include:

  • 1100 new dwellings with a range of densities and character areas across the site, including affordable housing and housing for the elderly
  • Retention and enhancement of the historic parkland avenue in the centre of the site
  • 3 main points of access from Chestnut Avenue and Stoneham Way
  • Connections for vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians across the site and the wider area, including Lakeside Country Park and the future woodland park
  • A new primary school (2 Form entry) with capacity to enlarge to 3 Form entry
  • A new local centre with retail, leisure, nursery and community facilities
  • An extension to Lakeside Country Park and exceptional sporting facilities close by
  • Significant improvements to the biodiversity of the site
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Positive response at Public Exhibition

January 2017

Community Feedback on Consultation Event


A public exhibition displaying the reserved matters proposals for the site was held on the 12th December 2016 at the Pavilion on the Park, Eastleigh. This event ran from 2.30 pm until 6.30 pm with members of the project team on hand to discuss the proposals.

The proposals displayed at the exhibition related to the wider site, incorporating residential development and Avenue Park public open space included in phase 1 but also including proposals for the local centre and landmark building to be brought forward through subsequent phases of development.


The event was well attended by 110 people. Feedback forms were provided at the event and sought general comments relating to layout, scale, appearance and landscaping. A total of 20 forms were received with 85% of respondents confirming that they found the exhibition to be a worthwhile event.


Positive comments that were received included the following:

 ·         ‘We are first time buyers interested in buying a property here’.

·         ‘We love the proposed outdoor areas’.

·         ‘The plans seem very well laid out’.

·         ‘We will be registering an interest in a shared ownership home’.

·         ‘Pepper potting of affordable units is a good idea although needs careful planning’.

·         ‘Pleased to hear that a footway will be provided in the old section of Stoneham Lane’.


Concerns relating to traffic generation/congestion, highways safety and access were by far the most common, raised by 70% of the total number of respondents. Specific concerns included:

 ·         ‘More traffic and congestion for Nightingale Avenue and some through roads’.

·         ‘The spine road must be capable of relieving the traffic congestion currently experienced on Chestnut Avenue and Stoneham Lane’.

·         ‘Concerns with volume of traffic increasing and whether plans will be made to cope with this’.


Other common concerns related to drainage and flooding, environmental issues, and design. These include:


·         ‘Monks Brook already regularly floods after heavy rainfall, sometimes making large areas of Fleming Park inaccessible. I am concerned to see that the additional discharge from the development will be directed into this watercourse’.

·         ‘Design is not in keeping’.

·         ‘Loss of green space’.

·         ‘Noise and pollution’.


In addition to the public exhibition, pre-application consultation took place with Eastleigh Borough Council and other relevant stakeholders. Comments received at this stage informed a detailed review of the application proposals and resulted in the following amendments being made prior to submission of a reserved matters application to Eastleigh Borough Council:


·         The definition of a series of character areas using different base materials, pavement surfaces and landscaping.

·         Amendments to the parking layout for Plot 1 to reduce its impact on the streetscene.

·         An increase in the number of car parking spaces for visitors.

·         Amendments to the parking layout throughout including substitution of double stacked parking spaces for single stacked parking spaces.

·         An increase in the width of the spine road to accommodate bus services.

·         Amendments to the mix of affordable homes to include additional 3 bed 4 person units.


The submitted application represents completion of the pre-application consultation process and the project team are committed to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the local community and other stakeholders during the course of the application process and towards future delivery of the scheme. This will entail the following:

Regular updates to the website to inform the wider public about progress with the application.

Provision of a newsletter to all residents originally invited to the public exhibition updating them on progress with the application. 

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All enquiries to:

The Pavilion, 1st Floor Botleigh Grange Office Campus
Hedge End
SO30 2AF
Tel: 023 8202 2800