Planning permission has been issued for 3,500 homes and associated facilities in the south of the Winchester District.
The permission, which has been approved by Winchester City Council, means that work can start on the major development area at North Whiteley.
North Whiteley is a key strategic housing location for the District and will deliver a significant proportion of the 12,500 new homes planned In the city council’s adopted Local Plan. .
The scheme will not only provide much needed housing but will also include a secondary school and two primary schools, a nursery, and two local community centres as well as playing fields, open spaces, and protected wildlife corridors.
Improvements to infrastructure in the area also form an important part of the development, including major spine roads to link into the Botley Road to the north and significant improvements to Whiteley Way from the shopping centre down to junction 9 of the M27.
The scheme will be built by a group of developers, who are part of the North Whiteley Consortium; they include Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes, JGP Lakedale and Crest Nicholson.
Winchester City Council leader and portfolio holder for housing, Cllr Caroline Horrill, said:
This is fantastic news as this scheme is one of the key development sites in the District, as set out in our adopted Local Plan. It will provide much-needed homes in a sought after location offering an excellent town centre, a wide range of facilities and employment opportunities at Solent Business Park all within close proximity to important transport links.
This administration is prioritising the building of new homes so local people have greater choice in terms of affordable housing and this is a great step forward for the District.