First phase of Stoneham Park gets underway

The first stage of the Stoneham Park community development officially got underway when the Mayor of Eastleigh Cllr Mo Sollitt was on hand to dig the first area of land along Stoneham Lane.

The first phase of the new community at a site south of Chestnut Avenue and west of Stoneham Lane, Eastleigh will include 560 homes that are made up of a mix on 1,2,3 4 and 5 bedroom homes. Some 200 of the new homes will be affordable, i.e. allocated for rent and shared ownership through Vivid housing association. 146 new homes are being purchased by the council and will be managed by VIVID (formerly First Wessex) social housing provider and will be available for rent and will provide the Council with an ongoing income.

 In addition to the residential development this application includes a new ‘Avenue Park’ open space in the centre of the site with two children’s play areas, green corridor links through the development, together with a number of smaller areas of open space and play provision.  There will also be pedestrian and cycle links across the site some of which will follow the routes of historic carriage drives. Key to the development is the construction of the new link road that will run between Chestnut Avenue and Stoneham Lane.

“I’m delighted to officially get this new exciting development of North Stoneham Park community underway. It will provide enhanced facilities for all Eastleigh residents and provide much needed affordable housing allowing local people to be able to have a home of their own.  It will provide much needed homes for market rent and affordable rent alongside homes for sale that will help reduce our housing waiting list and assist in meeting the shortfall in housing across the borough.”

Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Mo Sollitt

“We’re delighted to be working with Highwood and Eastleigh Borough Council to build much needed additional housing in the area. We’re highly committed to ensuring more homes and the right type of homes, from low cost rent to market homes, are available to help tackle the housing crisis and improve the wellbeing of local communities.”

Mike Shepherd, VIVID Director of New Business & Development

“In total, the new development will provide 1100 new homes and the proposal also includes plans to create a new local centre, including a new primary school, children’s pre-school nursery, community building, residential care home, retail and office buildings and car parking.  We’re delighted to be spearheading the creation of this exciting new community that’s set in the beautiful landscaped grounds of a former deer park.”

Simon Beech, Sales Director, Highwood Homes