North Stoneham Park, Southampton
Highwood Construction will commence the development of one of Hampshire’s most exciting residential projects for many years after local Councils gave their full backing to a project that offers a remarkable solution to a shortfall in local affordable housing and land supply.
The North Stoneham Park project will be developed on land of some 120 acres that borders Chestnut Avenue, Stoneham Way and Home Wood. Highwood Construction will deliver a stunning development of 1100 new homes, including a much-needed affordable housing allocation as well as a local community centre with nursery, retail units and a primary school. Superb sporting facilities, landscaped public spaces and defined footpaths that connect the residential development with the new areas and provide easy access to Eastleigh complete this landmark scheme.
Throughout the planning application process, Highwood Group has been mindful of the impact on the local community and actively engaged with residents throughout. Public exhibitions were held to introduce the draft masterplan and see it evolve and were attended by hundreds of local residents who were invited to present their views and questions on how the development might affect their community.
We’ve also worked very closely with county conservationists on a scheme that will enhance this delightful area further.
Highwood’s proposals were very sympathetic to the local environment and its historic nature; the site’s parkland had been radically decompartmentalised over the years - demonstrated, for example, by its use by a number of sports clubs, including the Chandlers Ford Driving Range, Stoneham Park Sports Club and AFC Stoneham. As part of our proposals, and to offset the development of the existing sports pitches, new facilities, including 3G astro-pitches will now be created on Hampshire County Council land to the south of the M27. An associated planning application to relocate and replace facilities at Trojans Sports Ground and Hardmoor have also been successful and will be linked to the new residential area by a new footway along Stoneham Lane.
In terms of the landscape, Highwood’s professional consultants identified Avenue Park as the most historically sensitive area of the site, which we’re pleased to confirm this will be retained. We’ve also worked very closely with county conservationists on a scheme that will enhance this delightful area further.
In terms of North Stoneham Park’s impact on the local transport infrastructure, an intelligent traffic management solution has been devised following strategic traffic and modelling assessments. This will undoubtedly allay the concerns of residents regarding potential congestion and will significantly cut the existing lengthy queues and ease the overall traffic flow on Stoneham Lane and the M27 junctions.