THE first bricks will be laid to start a huge housing development that residents have waited over a decade to come to fruition.
The landscape on fields off London Road, Waterlooville, will soon be very different as 194 homes are built – the first phase of a 2,550-home development.
Grainger Plc, which is charge of the scheme, has signed a deal with Bloor Homes to build the first houses on the new estate, called Berewood Village.
Construction begins next month and the first homes will be ready by the spring.
It comes after more than 10 years of debate and consultations about the future of the land, the former Plant Farm.
Ken Tallyn, from Waterlooville and District Residents’ Association, said: ‘It’s about time. It’s been going on for so long. I am glad to see it starting so we can see what it looks like.’
Over the past few months, Grainger has been busy installing the first infrastructure on site, which has included roads, drainage systems, electric works and other utilities.
Bloor Homes, which is also building homes at the Hampshire Farm development in Emsworth, will build houses for the first of 13 phases.
Grainger plans to sell phases to housebuilders.
Once the development is completed, there will be two new schools, offices, retail outlets, leisure facilities, and two new pubs.
John Beresford, development director at Grainger, said: ‘When we first met Bloor Homes they stood out as an organisation which clearly understood the long-term nature of the Berewood development and the fact that Grainger wants to create a fantastic place to live.
‘After years of careful planning and community consultation we can now look forward to the first residents moving into Berewood by the summertime next year.’
Mr Beresford added: ‘We have spent particular time and attention ensuring that the development is of the highest quality in design and build, and we can’t wait to see it come to life.’
The northern section of the Waterlooville Major Development Area at Old Park Farm is well on its way to being completed, with developer Taylor Wimpey building 450 homes there.