Progress made on Hampshire green town
Plans for a new green town in Hampshire have been approved by East Hampshire District Council's planning committee.The Homes and Communities Agency has described the news as a "major milestone" in the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon, which will result in 100 new state-of-the-art zero-carbon homes and 100 new jobs.Local company Radian was selected to develop the Quebec Park site following its acquisition from the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).A range of properties are to be constructed in the area, from one-bedroom flats to four-bedroom houses. They will meet the highest sustainability standards, with triple-glazed windows, solar panels, home office facilities, cycle storage, water butts, composting equipment and high levels of insulation, as well as measures to reduce overheating.Smart meters will also be installed in the housing, enabling energy and water use to be monitored and helping residents to make savings on their utility bills.A glazed atrium containing a cafe and meeting space will link the converted buildings; this will be connected to an existing underpass by an outdoor plaza and events space.The regeneration project is expected to set the standard for future development within the town and attract further investment. Plans were altered following a public consultation earlier this year, to provide more parking spaces on the site for residents, visitors and business hub users.Councillor Sally Pond, chair of Whitehill Town Council's planning committee, said: "Whitehill Town Council is fully supportive of this project as it will set the standard of design for other sites in the town. We think that all aspects of the development of this site have been carefully considered and because of this it will be a really attractive place that Bordon can be really proud of."Radian is also looking to provide training and apprenticeship positions on the site, ensuring current residents and former military personnel benefit from these opportunities.An area of woodland bordering the development is to be transformed into a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace, with improved walking and cycling access.
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