Plans for thousands of new homes in Whiteley get the green light

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WHITELEY looks set to double in size after plans were agreed to build 3,000 new homes in the north of the town.

It is part of Winchester City Council’s bid to build 11,000 new homes across the district over the next 20 years.

It will bring in extra infrastructure to Whiteley with new schools as part of the plans, as the current one is oversubscribed.

There are also ongoing problems with Yew Tree Drive in the town which is currently only accessible for buses.

Ward councillor Vivian Achwal, said many people didn’t want the new homes but feel it is a necessary step.

‘They’ve come to accept it now,’ she said.

‘We don’t have any other option than to allow these houses to be built.

‘We definitely need a school and we need the road to be opened.

‘Plus we need the houses for people to live in.

‘We like Whiteley as it is. But obviously it’s uncomplete.

‘We should have had two primary schools built here and it didn’t happen.

‘So children have to be taken out of Whiteley for school.

‘Plus a lot of people would like a secondary school.’

Now, Cllr Achwal is hoping that the infrastructure is sorted out first.

‘We have to make sure that it’s phased in properly,’ she added.

‘We have to make sure we get the road and the school at the beginning of the development.

‘But it should bring the community back together.

‘At the moment we have got two or three children on one street going to different schools.’

Councillor Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham Borough Council, said: ‘It’s certainly necessary for Winchester City Council to find sites for 11,000 houses.

‘But there are very mixed views in Whiteley. It’s doubling the size of it, which is very significant.

‘There are some real concerns but on the other hand one of the problems with Whiteley was that it was too small.

‘The fact of the matter is that it isn’t big enough to provide the essential infrastructure that is needed.

‘It will provide the completion of Whiteley Way which will then see Yew Tree Drive open up to all vehicles.

‘It will provide two more primary schools and a much needed secondary school.’

Councillors approved plans for development across the district in terms of housing, employment and social infrastructure. It will see an average of 550 homes built every year.

In addition to the 3,000 homes in Whiteley, a total of 4,000 homes are to be provided in Winchester itself including 2,000 at Barton Farm, and 7,000 in the remainder of the district, including 3,000 new homes west of .

Residents will now be given the opportunity to comment on the document for a six-week period from mid January to discuss the ‘soundness’ of the project.

The council will summarise the comments and send them to the planning inspectorate.

A public examination by the planning inspector looks set to take place next summer.