New country park starts to take shape
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.