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Case Study: Bridge Road, Bursledon, Southampton

Highwood Group promoted a land scheme that would create 90 new homes on the prestigious waterfront area of Bursledon close to the banks of the River Hamble on a site that had been identified within Eastleigh Borough Council’s Pre-Submission Local Plan 2011-29 for residential development for approximately 100 dwellings.

Bridge Road is set on one of the most idyllic locations in Hampshire, with the River Hamble and all the sailing and maritime activities that make this a thriving residential and tourist area. The land was owned by a private individual and we worked closely with him to create an opportunity to enhance this popular parish with a sympathetically designed residential housing scheme, which would also meet the growing need for new homes in the area.

In late 2013, we hosted a public exhibition at Bursledon Village Hall to give local residents the chance to find out more about our proposals and to have their say so, where appropriate, we could incorporate their ideas into our plans. Plans for the site were formally submitted a month later.

The project was incredibly complex in its nature; we faced difficulties with the high-pressure gas main and an oil pipeline that feeds jet oil into Heathrow airport and runs directly through the site. Issues with noise from the M27 and associated air quality and concerns over traffic on the surrounding highways made this a challenging strategic land project that called for a tireless and very sensitive approach.

However, with planning now successfully secured, we expect construction on the Bridge site to begin in 2015. In the meantime, Highwood Group is currently in the process of pursuing planning application for a care home to be built on land adjacent to this site.

Further information:

You can see the exhibition boards that were displayed at our public exhibition at Bursledon Village Hall at the start of this project and the scheme’s wider benefits by clicking on the links below:

View the exhibition boards here as a downloadable pdf.

Read the Wider Benefits pdf here.


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