Plans backed for 500 new homes and jobs in Hampshire

Plans backed for 500 new homes and jobs in HampshireProposals to bring hundreds of new homes, jobs and better road links to a former Ministry of Defence barracks in Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire, have taken a big step forward after being backed by councillors.

East Hampshire District Council’s planning committee approved the Homes and Communities Agency’s outline planning application for 500 new and affordable homes and around 3 hectares of employment space at its Louisburg Barracks site.

The decision supports ambitions to build a new construction skills training centre as part of the development, to help create around 500 jobs and provide a huge economic boost for the local area.

The application also included the first phase of a new relief road which enables access to the site and eases congestion around the town.

Work is expected to start on the road by next spring and is supported by around £10 million in investment from the HCA.

Kevin Bourner, HCA head of area, said:“This is another positive step towards bringing forward real and positive change in Whitehill and Bordon, with high quality new homes and jobs that the area needs.

We have never underestimated the scale of the task needed to make the most of the opportunity afforded when the MoD leaves the area. The progress we have made here demonstrates that we are taking the right steps towards achieving this ambition. There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done and we remain committed to bringing forward these exciting and transformational plans for the area.”

Cllr Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Commercial Contracts, said:”This is the second major planning application to be approved as part of the town’s regeneration and it shows just how far this project has progressed over the last few months.

“This scheme will radically transform the former Army barracks into a thriving community with 500 much-needed homes and jobs, and contribute significantly to a ‘step change’ in the lives of everyone in Whitehill and Bordon. It is a really exciting time for Whitehill and Bordon residents and I can’t wait to see work starting on the site.”

Plans submitted for new homes and jobs in Hampshire’s ‘green town’

Plans submitted for new homes and jobs in Hampshire's 'green town'Proposals to bring hundreds of new homes and jobs to a former Ministry of Defence barracks in Whitehill & Bordon have been submitted by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).

The HCA has put forward an outline planning application for 500 new and affordable homes and around 3 hectares of employment space at its Louisburg Barracks site.

If the plans are approved, a new construction skills training centre is expected to be built as part of the development. It is expected that the employment space would help create around 500 jobs, which would provide a significant economic boost for the area.

The application to East Hampshire District Council also includes the first phase of a new relief road which would enable access to the site and ease congestion around the town.

Government funding for this work has been secured by the HCA and would be delivered by Hampshire County Council starting next spring if the plans are approved.

It comes just after plans to deliver 100 new homes and employment space at the former Quebec Barracks were approved by East Hampshire District Council in July.

Kevin Bourner, HCA Head of Area, said: “This proposal forms an important and early stage of the transformation of Whitehill & Bordon into a sustainable and thriving community. These plans would bring hundreds of new homes and jobs to the area and unlock significant investment in East Hampshire.”

Cllr Richard Millard, Deputy Leader of East Hampshire District Council and Portfolio Holder for Commercial Contracts, said: “It’s an exciting time for the regeneration project. The transformation of Louisburg, along with the recently approved plans for Quebec Park, will see Whitehill & Bordon flourish over the next few years. The town’s regeneration is a top priority for the council.”

Public land pilot scheme to bring new homes to Liverpool

Building IndustryMore than 100 new homes are set to be built on former railway land in Aintree, Liverpool, that will boost the construction trades and create new jobs.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has recently taken on 35 sites from other government bodies as part of a nationwide effort to get public land with capacity for up to 100,000 homes out to market by March 2015.

The first pilot deal has seen the HCA secure Persimmon Homes Lancashire as the developer for the 17-acre Liverpool site. It was identified within Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council’s 2011 Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment as a potential area for sustainable redevelopment.

The completion of the deal comes as the HCA publishes its latest Land Development and Disposal Plan (LDDP) today. The updated plan details the landholdings available to developers that the HCA expects to bring to market over the next 2 years running up to March 2016.

The LDDP sets out how the HCA will use its experience of managing large portfolios of land and assets to potentially bring up to 200 sites to market between now and March 2016. Sites in the LDDP will build on the housing capacity of those already disposed, bringing the HCA’s contribution to government’s commitment to dispose of enough land with capacity for 100,000 homes to around 17,000, up from 14,000, by March 2015.

HCA Chief Executive, Andy Rose, said: “From 2015, the HCA will take on an enhanced land disposal role for Government, adding value to surplus public sector sites with development potential and speeding up their sale to help increase the supply of housing and increase economic growth.”

Construction begins at Lewisham Gateway

Construction begins at Lewisham GatewayLewisham Gateway Developments Ltd (LGDL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Muse Developments, has started work on site to deliver one of the largest regeneration projects in south east London, Lewisham Gateway.

The work marks the start of a £230 million partnership investment in Lewisham town centre that will bring significant benefits to local traders, residents and the building industry.

In total, the scheme will deliver in excess of 700 new homes, 65,000 sq ft of retail, restaurants and commercial space, a major new urban park with enhanced waterways as a focal point, extensive public realm along with improved bus, taxi and cycling facilities.

The development is a partnership between Muse and the London Borough of Lewisham, the Mayor of London and Transport for London.

The Homes and Communities Agency are also making a substantial financial contribution to the project to assist with the cost of the major infrastructure investment being undertaken and secure the delivery of much needed homes.

Located in Lewisham town centre, the site is currently dominated by a large and widely unpopular roundabout, which cuts off the town centre from Lewisham DLR and railway stations.

Lewisham Gateway will replace this outdated layout with a newly configured road system that will enable a previously traffic dominated environment to accommodate stunning new buildings, an urban park and new shop-lined pedestrian walkways.

LGDL has started work on the first phase, which includes the new park, Confluence Place, and the project’s first two buildings, which will deliver 193 new homes. A proportion of the new homes in the initial phase of the development will be owned and managed by specialist private rental investor, Fizzy Living.

Developer sought for Isle of Wight regeneration project

Developer sought for Isle of Wight regeneration projectThe Homes and Communities Agency has begun its search for a partner to develop and operate a new 400 berth marina and surrounding waterfront area at East Cowes, Isle of Wight.

Land also included for sale includes the Victoria Barracks building, Albany building and Maresfield Road site which has planning permission for up to 100 new homes, a 60 bed hotel, a restaurant or bar and associated car parking.

The development opportunity forms the latest phase in the East Cowes regeneration project, which has already seen the development of 180 new homes, a Waitrose store, medical centre and new town square.

The opportunity includes the freehold of the Columbine Building which has the world’s largest Union Flag painted on its doors.

The building has an eaves height of 12 metres and benefits from two internal 16 tonne cranes and is expected to be of interest for manufacturing or as a marine service centre.

Paul Flatt, HCA Senior Development Manager, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for a developer with experience in marine and waterfront development to bring forward the next key phase of the regeneration of East Cowes.

“The development of a new marina at East Cowes is a unique opportunity in one of sailing’s most prestigious locations. The HCA has worked hard over a number of years with its partners to enable this opportunity to come about. All the infrastructure and planning permissions are now in place, ready for a developer to start on site.”

The HCA is being advised by Jones Lang LaSalle and Marina Projects. Further details can be obtained from Michael Green or Eleanor Hussey at Jones Lang LaSalle by contacting +44 (0)238 038 5613 or e-mailing by 21 February.

Government awards £11m fund to boost Bristol Enterprise Zone

Government awards £11m fund to boost Bristol Enterprise Zone

Plans to create thousands of jobs in Bristol by preparing derelict land for major development have been backed by a Government approval to invest £11 million in the project.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) will begin work to prepare the Diesel Depot for development after the Treasury signed off its proposals to fund a vital phase of work on the site.

The investment from the HCA will be used to provide a new access route from nearby Cattle Market Road and install a three lane bridge over the River Avon to improve links with Temple Meads station.

The approval marks a significant step for Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), who want to build an 11,000-seater indoor Arena on part of the site in the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

It has been estimated that £500,000 will also be invested in structural improvements in the area that will boost employment and help the local economy.

The Diesel Depot has huge economic potential: studies show that a major development there could bring nearly 65,000 sq m of new employment space, 300 homes, around 2,600 jobs and £200m in private sector investment to the city.

The whole project will also be supported by infrastructure investment of around £7.5m from the LEP’s Revolving Infrastructure Fund, as part of a £21m package of funding announced last year to pay for new highways, roads and improved pedestrian access in the Enterprise Zone.

David Warburton HCA head of Area said: “Our investment will address this issue and make the site a more viable proposition for the council and LEP. It has the potential to generate a huge number of jobs for the enterprise zone and it is great news for the city that the investment is in place to allow work to start.”

The proposed Arena project is being led by the council and the LEP, who welcomed the funding news today.

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said: “Building an arena is hugely important for Bristol and the region and is a key catalyst for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. This £11 million investment by the HCA to ‘unlock’ the ‘arena island’ site is great news and we are delighted to have their support and confidence in the project.”