New coun­try park starts to take shape


Star Courier (Surrey & Hants) - - FRONT PAGE -


The 33- hectare site is be­ing cre­ated at Bramshot Farm to help sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of a new ‘ mini- town’ at the former Pye­stock site nearby.

St Ed­ward Homes wants to build the mas­sive de­vel­op­ment at the former jet en­gine test cen­tre, which it has re­named Hart­land Vil­lage.

The de­vel­oper has sub­mit­ted an out­line plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion to Hart Dis­trict Coun­cil for up to 1,500 homes, as well as a shop­ping cen­tre and pri­mary school.

It has also lodged a full ap­pli­ca­tion for 189 homes on the site.

Hart Dis­trict Coun­cil’s pur­chase of the Bramshot Farm site, and work needed to cre­ate the coun­try park, has been funded by a £ 5.3 mil­lion loan from the En­ter­prise M3 Lo­cal En­ter­prise Part­ner­ship ( LEP).

Dr Mike Short, chair­man of En­ter­prise M3 LEP, said: “We are pleased to be able to sup­port this project, as it will help un­lock ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity for the de­liv­ery of 1,475 new houses.

“This is in line with our Strate­gic Eco­nomic Plan re­gard­ing the chal­lenges of hous­ing sup­ply rel­a­tive to ris­ing de­mand in our LEP area.

“Also, the pro­vi­sion of new hous­ing will en­able the lo­cal work­force to live and work within the area, im­prov­ing their qual­ity of life and pro­vid­ing a pool of avail­able skills from which busi­nesses lo­cated lo­cally can tap.

“This is great news for eco­nomic growth in our area.”

Coun­cil­lor Sara Kin­nell, Hart’s cabi­net mem­ber for en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­mo­tion, said: “We are ex­tremely grate­ful to En­ter­prise M3 for the loan, which has en­abled us to progress the de­vel­op­ment of a new coun­try park.

“This will pro­vide a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity for res­i­dents of Hart and Rush­moor.”

De­vel­op­ers of new homes nearby will make a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the coun­try park, which will help re­pay the loan and en­sure its main­te­nance.

Plan­ning per­mis­sion for the site was granted in con­tin­ued March and work has started in the last few weeks.

Ini­tial work is cre­at­ing a cir­cu­lar walk and pro­vide park­ing and sig­nage, while ad­di­tional in­for­mal fa­cil­i­ties in­clud­ing play ar­eas, a pic­nic site and toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, will be cre­ated later. The coun­try park is ex­pected to open dur­ing the au­tumn.

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