Whitehill & Bordon is being transformed into a prosperous and sustainable green town. After over 100 years as a ‘garrison town’, the Army left the town in December 2015 and moved to a new base at Lyneham in Wiltshire. This has freed up over 100 hectares, presenting a unique ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to transform the town from ‘garrison town to green town’ by 2030.
This is a complex, £1bn, multi-partner, 15-year collaborative and transformational place-making programme which seeks to:
- Transform the town from ‘garrison town to green town’ by 2030.
- Deliver some 3,350 new homes; 5,500 jobs and create nearly 100,000sqm of new commercial, retail and leisure floor space.
- Deliver a new town centre with a high-quality retail offer coupled with new schools, new leisure centre, new health facilities & a new public service hub.
- Deliver a new relief road, undertake improvements to the existing A325 and implement a range of modal shift initiatives.
- Protect and enhance around 150 hectares of green space through the provision of 2 SANGs (suitable alternative natural green-spaces) at Bordon Inclosure and Hogmooor Inclosure.
- Deliver new community facilities and critically support the community through the transformation process including the population increase from 14,000 to 22,000 by 2030.
- Deliver Enterprise Zone objectives.
- Deliver Healthy New Town objectives.
- Deliver Housing Zone objectives.
- Ensure all of the above is under-pinned with a clear focus on quality and environmental performance.
In 2016, we delivered the following:
- Quebec Park: 2-year housing construction programme (100 new homes) commenced. Site cleared; house building underway; show home opened.
- Louisburg Barracks: 6-year housing construction programme (500 new homes) commenced. Site cleared; house building underway; show home opened.
- Prince Philip Barracks: Initial site clearance commenced. Technical Training Area (meanwhile uses) rental of spaces commenced.
- Relief Road: Phase 1 (northern section through Louisburg Barracks) completed. Phase 2 southern section construction commenced.
- Whitehill & Bordon awarded Healthy New Town Zone status; 1 of 10 pilot areas nationally.
- Bordon Inclosure opened.
In 2017, delivery will continue at scale and pace:
- Quebec Park: House building and sales continue. A new Community & Enterprise Hub & Café is scheduled to open in the autumn.
- Louisburg Barracks: House building and sales continue. A new Business & Enterprise Centre and Future Skills Centre are both scheduled to open late summer.
- Prince Philip Barracks: 14-year housing construction programme (2,400 new homes) commences.
- New town centre – start on site later this year.
- New Secondary School – start on site scheduled in the summer.
- Mustangs Communal Garden open in the spring.
- New Skate Park – start on site scheduled in the spring with opening scheduled for the autumn.
- New Youth & Activity Hub (opposite new skate park) – start on site scheduled autumn.
- Relief Road: Phase 2 construction continues.
- A325 improvements works scheduled to commence in the autumn.
- WB Community Development Trust to be launched in the spring.