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A PLANNING application for 3,500 houses, three schools and a new route out of Whiteley has been submitted.

The estate has been long-awaited and will form the second half of Whiteley, built to the north stretching towards Curdridge.

Developers Taylor Wimpey, Crest Nicholson, Bovis Homes and JGP Lakedale are behind the application.

If Winchester City Council gives it the go-ahead, there would be 3,500 homes, two primary schools, one secondary school, 2,000sqm of business space, two children’s nurseries, two community centres, sports pitches, allotments and play areas.

Link roads from Whiteley and Botley Road are also included, plus cycleway and footpath networks.

Mike Evans, chairman of Whiteley Town Council, said: ‘Right from the outset we have taken a positive stance on this and said we would only support it if the infrastructure was in place.

‘With this application, we feel that all these issues have been resolved.’

The first set of houses could be built by 2016 and it is expected to be completed around 20 years later.

Residents have until April 21 to make comments. Go to winchester.gov.uk/ and quote ref 15/00485/OU.