THIS WEEK IN 1980: The expansion of Waterlooville

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Waterlooville - More than 1,000 homes go up in Waterlooville as it expands to cater for young families
jpns-19-08-17 retro Aug 2017 Waterlooville - More than 1,000 homes go up in Waterlooville as it expands to cater for young families
Opening of the new school by the home secretary in October 1927. The headmaster, Canon Barton, is on the lowest step, on the left. Dorothea Barton is possibly there, somewhere. (PGS Archive)

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One of the major growth areas of Hampshire in the 1980s was Waterlooville, where hundreds of new homes went up increasing the demand on general facilities and services.

It was a district, according to one local building society manager, that attracted second-time buyers moving out of Portsmouth, where they had their first, and cheaper home.

Essentially, it was a young married couples’ spot, where children were brought up.

Yet there were complaints about the lack of open spaces and places to walk dogs.

More than 1,000 new homes went up in the vicinity in the following years, many of them catering for young families.