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 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
North Stoneham Park further public consultation announced
Monday 12th December 2016
Further to the outline planning permission being approved in January 2016, Highwood are now in the process of preparing a detailed planning application for the first phases which will include;
Around 500 dwellings.
Public open space play areas and the enhancement of the historic Avenue Park.
Local Centre Incorporating retail, residential and office development.
Community Centre and nursery.
A landmark building incorporating accommodation for the elderly.
Members of the Highwood project team will be on hand to answer any questions and there will be an opportunity to leave comments and complete a questionnaire.
The event will be held at ;
Pavilion on the Park
1 Kingfisher Road
on Monday 12th January from 2.30pm to 6.30pm
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.
Further information now available
2nd June 2015
Further information has now been submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council and is available to download from their website;
Highwood Group submits
planning application for North Stoneham Park project
Highwood Group has formally submitted its planning
application for the proposed North Stoneham Park project.
The long-awaited application by Highwood, which is
leading the application on behalf of local landowners, including Hampshire
County Council and Eastleigh Borough Council, follows a second public
exhibition that was held in December and addressed questions raised by residents
as to how the development would affect the local area.
The proposals relate to the land lying south of Chestnut
Avenue in Eastleigh and will deliver a high quality residential-led development
of around 1,100 new homes with a wide range of exciting new community facilities
that will create a vibrant and attractive extension to the town.
Indeed, the proposals will answer the demands for
much-needed housing (including affordable homes and those that meet the needs
of older residents), recreation and community facilities that exist in the
area. A new primary school, nursery, care home, local shops, play facilities
and an extension to Lakeside Country Park will ensure the new community can
flourish with the needs of all ages accommodated.
‘Highwood is promoting a high quality development for the
area,’ says Simon Beech, Director at Highwood Group. ‘It will combine the
character of the landscape and history of the site with innovation and good
design to create a sustainable place to live as well as providing much-needed
housing - all supported by the necessary infrastructure’.
To offset the development of the existing sports pitches
and to cater for the future needs of the new community, high quality, modern
leisure facilities are planned on land south of Junction 5 of the M27,
including a new pavilion, floodlit all-weather football pitches, cricket squares
and a new home for AFC Stoneham. New and
improved football, rugby, hockey and other facilities, including a new
clubhouse are also proposed at Trojans Sports Club in Stoneham Lane (subject to
separate planning applications).
Working closely with county conservationists, Highwood
has paid considerable attention to the most historic areas of the site,
including Avenue Park and The Shrine, and these will be preserved and enhanced to
form part of a beautiful landscaped public open space and a ‘green infrastructure’
that includes footpaths to the new facilities and features that will safeguard
the local ecology and the land’s habitats.
The developer has also responded to local residents’
concerns regarding the potential impact of the scheme on the local road network.
The proposals include upgrades to local highway junctions and a new road to
serve the development. Modelling assessments show how Highwood’s technical
approach will significantly cut the existing lengthy queues and ease the
overall traffic flows on Stoneham Lane and the M27 junctions.
The plans submitted for the North Stoneham Park project are
supported by a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment and other
associated technical studies and reports.
A decision is expected to be reached in the summer, with construction
beginning in 2016.
Second Exhibition Announced
Following on from the first exhibition in October, we can now confirm that a second event has been arranged.
We have considered all of the feedback made at the previous event and have made a number of changes to the master plan to reflect those comments. This event will allow residents to see how the plan has evolved and a chance to discuss the changes in greater detail with the Highwood team.
The event will take place on Friday 12th December between 3pm and 7.30pm at The Pavillion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Road, Eastleigh, SO50 9LH.
Exhibition well attended!
The first public exhibition was held on the 24th October at Pavillion in the Park in Eastleigh.
The event was the first opportunity to gauge local views towards the draft master plan and was attended by nearly 300 local residents. Many residents took the opportunity to complete the feedback form (available to download via this website) whilst others are expected to make their views known before the 9th November.
A second exhibition has now been arranged for Friday 12th December, also at The Pavillion on the Park, where we will have the opportunity to respond to the various comments raised and update the master plan accordingly.
Public Exhibition: 24th October
We would like to invite you to an exhibition to be part of the future growth of your local area. Public Exhibition: Friday 24th October - From 3.30pm until 8pm, Pavilion on the Park, 1 Kingfisher Rd SO50 9LH
Land at Chestnut Avenue has been allocated by the Council in the latest version of the Eastleigh Borough Local Plan. (2011-2029 Revised Presubmission (Feb 2014)). The site has been identified for approximately 1,100 new homes of a range of type, size and tenure, a local centre, and other community facilities including a primary school. The site will also incorporate existing landscape features and provide large areas of public open space.
Work is now taking place to understand the constraints and opportunities within the site and establish a framework for its future development. As part of this process we would like to invite you to come to an exhibition to help us understand the local issues affecting the site. The exhibition will show the background to the site and an initial concept masterplan.
The land is jointly controlled by Eastleigh Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Highwood Group who are working together to bring forward the site. Members of the Highwood Group project team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and there will be an opportunity to leave comments and complete a brief questionnaire.
For those who are unable to attend on the day, all of the information displayed at this public exhibition and all key contact details will be available to view on this website. It will be updated regularly and a further exhibition is planned in December 2014 to update you on the proposals.