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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North Stoneham Park Phase 1 – Reserved Matters Update


A reserved matters application for Phase 1 of the development at North Stoneham Park was submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council on the 31st January 2017 following extensive pre-application discussions with Council officers and key consultees.  In its submitted form, this application sought permission for the construction of 564 dwellings and public open space with associated landscaping, drainage and car parking.

Following submission of the application, detailed comments were received from key stakeholders during the statutory period of consultation undertaken by the Council.  The scheme has evolved in response to these comments with a suite of amended plans and documents submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council on 26th April 2017 and 5th May 2017.

Full details are provided in the submitted drawings and reports (in particular, see the Design and Access Statement Addendum, Design Code (rev A) and the Planning and Affordable Housing Statement), all available to download and view via the Council’s website:

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Key amendments to the scheme include:

·         A reduction in the total number of dwellings from 564 to 560.

·         Refinement of character areas throughout incorporating a review of elevational treatments and materials to enhance streetscenes and improve legibility.

·         Provision of additional pedestrian and cycle linkages to the school land in the south which will be brought forward as part of a future phase of development.

·         Removal of a number of FOGs (Flats Over Garages).

·         An overall increase in the number of visitor parking spaces throughout, particularly in areas close to public open space.

·         Provision of additional landscaping.

·         Enhancements to the Avenue Park public open space to balance recreational, historic, landscape and biodiversity requirements.

·         Further safeguarding of veteran trees.

·         Increased garden sizes.

·         Refinement of street surfaces to clearly define roads, parking spaces and shared surfaces.

The project team have maintained an ongoing dialogue with stakeholders during the lifetime of this planning application, effectively responding to comments through the submission of amendments. The application will go before the Eastleigh Local Area Committee for consideration on Tuesday 23rd May 2017. 

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