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, Eastleigh Borough Council and Hampshire County Council 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 2016; 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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North Stoneham Park project plans approved

10th July 2015

Eastleigh Borough Council has wholeheartedly approved Highwood Group’s landmark North Stoneham Park project to create a stunning development of new homes, school, care home, shops and sports and recreational facilities for the town. 

Outline planning permission for the new £70m complex that sits south of Eastleigh’s Chestnut Avenue and near Junction 5 of the M27 was agreed by all six Eastleigh Local Area Committee councillors who acknowledged the shortfall in the Council’s five-year housing land supply and local affordable housing. Committee Chairman, Paul Bicknell, also reaffirmed the benefits that would be derived ‘from long-awaited improvements in infrastructure on the road network along the Chestnut Avenue corridor together with the creation of jobs and improvements in the provision of local sporting opportunities.’

Highwood worked closely with the Council and county conservationists to ensure any concerns regarding sustainability and the protection of the site’s historic areas were addressed and held a series of public exhibitions to give local residents the opportunity to contribute their views to the project. The result is a remarkable scheme that will deliver a high quality residential-led development of around 1,100 new homes, a primary school, nursery, care home, community centre, retail units and magnificent sports facilities that, together, will create a vibrant and much-needed extension to Eastleigh’s residential and leisure resources.

‘Naturally, we’re delighted Eastleigh Borough Council has shared our vision for the town,’ says Simon Beech, Director at Highwood Group. ‘Eastleigh’s residents will soon be able to enjoy new living, community, shopping and sporting facilities that will dramatically enhance their environment and meet the demands for housing, including affordable homes, that have, until now, remained unmet. 

‘This is a substantial project that has captured the imagination of the town’s people and we could only have secured the necessary backing by collaborating as closely as we did with everyone involved. We’re now looking forward to starting work on the development in 2016 and delivering what we believe will be a remarkable scheme for Eastleigh.’

In addition to Highwood’s construction plans, beautiful landscaped public open spaces, green infrastructure and ecologically sensitive habitats are to be created. The project’s impact on the local road network have also been allayed by plans to upgrade local highway junctions, create a new road to serve the development and ease the traffic flows on Stoneham Lane and the M27 junctions.

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