Highwood Group’s strategic land project at Coppice Hill in Bishops Waltham was a controversial scheme considering the nature of this historic town. It was to involve a close and detailed consultation with the town’s residents and its Parish Council to ensure our plans for a modest number of high-quality houses on the greenfield site would be favourably received.
Bishops Waltham is set in the Hamble Valley at the tributary of the River Hamble and is a designated conservation area. With an interesting heritage and reminders of a once thriving 19th century market town, many Georgian and other listed buildings remain and contribute to the special character of this delightful, semi-rural community.
The demand for new homes in such a sought-after small town called for a meticulously considered scheme so Highwood promoted a development of some 40 units on the Coppice Hill site to Winchester City Council.
We wanted to listen to the opinions of residents and to find out where they would like to see further housing so, in March 2014, the local parish held a public exhibition to invite the views of the local community. We were delighted when the community voiced their support of our Coppice Hill development.
Highwood collaborated closely with Winchester City Council and successfully convinced the authority to include the scheme on the draft and pre-submission plan. Following a successful allocation, Winchester City Council granted planning consent and the site was subsequently sold and construction is currently underway.
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