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. If you would like to register your interest in buying a home at North Stoneham Park go to


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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Stage 2, 3 & 4 applications due for submission shortly.


Following the grant of outline planning permission by Eastleigh Borough Council in January 2016 for a new community of 1,100 homes, a new local centre, primary school, offices, public open space and other infrastructure, Highwood Group have now secured detailed ‘reserved matters’ approval for the first phase of development at North Stoneham Park.


This first stage of the project to create a new community will begin on the site in August 2017 and will provide 560 much-needed homes alongside a new Avenue Park public open space and new highway links.

Design work is now well advanced on stages 2, 3 and 4 of the development, with planning applications scheduled for submission to the Council this summer.


A reserved matters application for the next 514 new homes, internal roads and public open space is being prepared for Stage 2 and will provide the necessary detail relating to the appearance, landscaping, layout and scale of this part of the community.


Approval for a further 57 homes (Phases 3 and 4) will be the subject of stand-alone full planning applications.


The attached slides contain illustrative layout plans and images showing the proposed approach to scheme appearance and landscaping of the new streets and housing and we would welcome your views on these initial draft concepts ahead of detailed planning submissions being made.

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