MILLIONS of pounds worth of new community facilities and infrastructure improvements are in the pipeline as a huge development moves forward.
East Hampshire District Council has come up with a detailed and extensive list of improvements that must be made to the Horndean area as part of the agreement to allow 700 homes to be built at Hazleton Farm and Pyle Farm, east of the A3(M).
The agreement includes sports and community facilities that the area has been crying out for decades.
Horndean is bigger than nearby towns like Emsworth – but has just a fraction of the facilities.
The 700-home development was given outline planning permission in April.
Councillors will discuss the list of improvements at a meeting next Tuesday, along with more than £900,000-worth of improvements being proposed for Rowlands Castle as part of an agreement to allow 106 homes to be built off Redhill Road.
Horndean councillor Sara Schillemore said: ‘It’s really exciting.
‘We have the chance to make a real difference to Horndean and improve facilities and improve employment prospects.
‘It’s a real opportunity to get something for Horndean.
‘There will be a lot of public consultation about what people would like to see.’
The dossier includes transport improvements, including bus services, traffic calming, new cycle lanes, and improving access to schools.
A two-form entry primary school is planned.
A range of community facilities are planned including: a pavilion with parking for 40 cars; a cricket pitch; a multi-use games area; 60 allotments; a full-size football pitch; four play areas; a community building with a multi-purpose hall and a meeting room for up to 80 people; and space identified for a skatepark.
There will be 50 acres of open space as part of the new estate and there are hopes to have a fitness trail with outdoor gym equipment.
Developers’ contributions for Rowlands Castle – as part of a separate development – are still being discussed, but could include £350,000 towards expanding primary places and almost £400,000 towards improving transport.