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Case Study: Land East of Horndean, Portsmouth

The strategic land project to secure planning consent for an extensive mixed-use development on farmland lying to the east of Horndean in Portsmouth was undoubtedly one of our most ambitious to date. Our plans, which we submitted jointly with Cala Homes, would feature almost 700 new homes, a care village, community facilities, including a school, shops and allotments, was set among 25 acres of playing fields and woodland spaces.

In March 2014, East Hampshire District Council held a public consultation event, identifying the Land East of Horndean as one of a number of sites within and surrounding the village that had been promoted by developers and agents for housing to address 'a minimum of 700 dwellings' requirement in its recently adopted Local Plan: Joint Core Strategy.

Together with Cala Homes, we proposed an exciting development of 693 new homes, included a much-needed 40 per cent affordable housing quotient to meet the housing requirement for the village. We also proposed essential improvements to Horndean’s infrastructure along with a prestigious care village, sports facilities and a new primary school that would be boosted by far-reaching employment opportunities for the local community.

A lengthy consultation period followed, including two public exhibitions that were held to give local residents an opportunity to air their views and find out more about the proposed development. Hundreds of people attended both consultation meetings and 92 per cent favoured the location and were in support of Highwood’s proposals; an achievement unheard of for a scheme of such a substantial scale.

In April 2015, East Hampshire District Council’s planning committee granted outline planning consent for the scheme, thanks largely to a collaborative approach that undoubtedly contributed to the Council’s decision to grant planning permission. A detailed planning consent followed and a detailed application for the care village will be submitted in 2016.

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