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Approval granted for Hampshire residential project

Planning approval has been granted for a new housing development at a former Ministry of Defence (MoD) barracks in Whitehill and Bordon, Hampshire.Some 500 new and affordable homes and around three hectares of employment space will now be created at the Homes and Communities Agency's (HCA's) Louisburg Barracks site.A new relief road will also be built, improving access and easing congestion around the town. Work on the road is expected to begin by next spring, supported by around £10 million in investment from the HCA.The project is the first phase of plans for around 3,500 new homes and up to 5,500 jobs as part of a sustainable new community in Whitehill and Bordon.According to the HCA, the latest advance marks "a step change in efforts" to create a new community with homes and jobs following the relocation of the MoD training operations and around 800 of its staff from the town next year.A search has begun for a development partner to take responsibility for working with local partners and residents to produce detailed proposals for the homes and employment space at Louisburg next year.Councillor Richard Millard, East Hampshire District Council's deputy leader and portfolio holder for commercial contracts, said: "This is the second major planning application to be approved as part of the town's regeneration and it shows just how far this project has progressed over the last few months. "This scheme will radically transform the former army barracks into a thriving community with 500 much-needed homes and jobs, and contribute significantly to a 'step change' in the lives of everyone in Whitehill and Bordon."Kevin Bourner, HCA head of area, said the organisation has not underestimated the scale of the work needed to transform the site and the progress made shows the right steps have been taken to achieve its goals.The approval is subject to a legal agreement that is to confirm delivery of contributions towards additional benefits, including sport, leisure, schools and open space, transport and community facilities. 

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