Highwood’s plans to develop a large area of land in the village of Horndean in East Hampshire have been approved by East Hampshire District Council’s planning committee and will enable us to build some 700 new homes, including much-needed affordable housing and a prestigious new care village.
This stunning mixed-use scheme, which includes 693 new homes and a new school represents one of the most substantial greenfield developments for many years. Set on a vast stretch of farmland to the east of Horndean and near junction 2 of the A3(M), our project will help Horndean meet its housing targets, including a 40 per cent affordable housing quotient and essential improvements to the village’s infrastructure, including a new primary school, sports facilities and a fabulous care village for the community’s older residents.
The Council agreed to grant outline planning consent for the development known as ‘Land East of Horndean’ following a lengthy consultation period, which included two public exhibitions that were held to give local residents an opportunity to air their views and find out more about this exciting development. Hundreds of people attended both consultation meetings and 92 per cent favoured the location and were in support of our proposals; an achievement unheard of for a scheme of such a substantial scale.
Changing the lives of Horndean residents for the better
‘We were delighted to have been granted outline consent for this project,’ revealed Simon Beech, Director at Highwood Group. ‘Throughout the process, we’ve worked as closely as possible with local residents to ensure our contribution will make a positive impact on the community and help change the lives of its residents for the better. Highwood has taken great care to create a scheme that has, at its heart, a meticulously considered and vastly improved infrastructure for Horndean, a new primary school and exciting sports facilities. In addition and to cater for the growing needs of Horndean’s older population, we’re also creating a superb new care village that includes a 60-bed care home, 40 assisted living apartments and 80 independent living units with the organisation’s care home partner, Hartwood Care. The new village is set overlooking a village cricket pitch and pavilion and will enjoy stunning views over the South Downs National Park.
‘We’ll submit our detailed proposals after a decision on the Section 106 agreement is finalised in the coming weeks. If all goes well, we anticipate our construction programme will commence in the summer and, as always, we’ll be keeping local residents informed at every stage. To have the support of the community as we have to date has undoubtedly had an impact on the Council’s approval of the project and we’re delighted that our input has received such positive feedback.’