3,500 homes to be built north of Whiteley

Land off Whiteley Lane, where the North Whiteley development is planned
Land off Whiteley Lane, where the North Whiteley development is planned
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CONCERNS over the impact a proposed 3,500-home estate would have on nearby roads have been overcome, as councillors gave the site planning permission.

Winchester City Council’s planning committee gave the North Whiteley estate the green light on Monday.

Cllr Mike Evans

Cllr Mike Evans

However not everybody was happy with the news, as business owners from the Bury Farm Industrial Estate in Curbridge will now have to find alternative site to trade from as the industrial estate is part of the area that will be built on.

Peter Brackstone, who runs Brackstone Mechanical Services, said: ‘This is supposed to be a Conservative council, helping small businesses, but instead they are effectively shutting 55 businesses down.’

He added: ‘It is alright saying “find somewhere else to trade from” but we are like a community and we rely on each other.’

The original decision was meant to take place last month, but stalled after worries were raised at a lengthy meeting over when work would start to build parts of Whiteley Way and Bluebell Way.

However, new plans were put forward by the North Whiteley Consortium, which is behind the estate, meaning work will begin in year one rather than the originally proposed year three.

Councillors at Monday’s meeting praised the consortium’s changes.

Cllr Barry Lipscombe said: ‘We were not playing games when we deferred this and I think this just demonstrates why we have a planning committee and I am really pleased with the outcome.’

Chairman of Whiteley Town Council, Cllr Mike Evans, was at the meeting in the public gallery. He welcomed the decision.

He said: ‘We are delighted that it has been approved.’

Also watching her fellow councillors was Winchester’s ward councillor for Whiteley, Cllr Vivian Achwal.

She said: ‘This is a positive outcome in that we’ll now get the completion of Whiteley Way that was denied to us for so many years.

‘There will also be a senior school here for the first time and two more primary schools.

‘Whiteley is a vibrant and thriving community and will continue to be a fantastic place to live and work.’