Whitehill & Bordon is being regenerated into a prosperous and sustainable green town. The Army’s Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering has had a base in the town for more than 100 years and relocated to Wiltshire in 2015. This has freed-up approximately 100 hectares of land in Whitehill & Bordon.
1) 3,350 new homes 2) 5,500 new jobs 3) A thriving new town centre 4) New schools 5) Protection and enhancement of 150 hectares of beautiful natural environment
The area is ripe for commercial development and provides modern, high quality space for start-up enterprises, expansion space for local growing business and new development opportunities for inward investors.
A new Mill Chase Academy along with a new primary school are set to be built in the new town centre. The new Mill Chase Academy is expected to open in September 2019 and the existing site will be subsequently used for housing.
This was secured by the Enterprise M3 Local Enterprise Partnership (the LEP) - paving the way for significant private investment and new jobs. The new enterprise zone covers Basing View, in Basingstoke, Longcross Park, in Chertsey, and Louisburg Barracks in Whitehill & Bordon. Businesses which move to the Enterprise Zone by 31st March 2022 may not have to pay any business rates for five years - which could, in some cases, be worth approximately £275,000 to a business. Business rates generated will also be retained in the area by the LEP and this will provide an investment fund over the next 25 years that will support future economic growth across the Enterprise Zone and the wider area - giving a further boost to the local economy.
Trees are being removed within Hogmoor Inclosure as part of the creation of habitat which residents can enjoy so that other areas are protected. The trees being removed are non-native species such as plantain pine and their removal is part of the plan to restore the native habitat for the area to heathland.
The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, on behalf of the Defence Infrastructure Organsiation, is currently managing the Budds Lane playing fields. The pitches are currently available for use until the construction of the new senior school begins. The pitches will be upgraded with both hard and soft grounds and once the school is completed, which is anticipated to be September 2019, will be available for the public to use.
The first phase of the relief road, around Louisburg Barracks, was completed at the end of 2016. The second phase has started and is anticipated to be completed by 2018. Hampshire County Council is responsible for delivering the new relief road with the aim to divert traffic away from the town centre.
The Garrison Swimming Pool is to be kept open for public use after residents called for the pool, on Budds Lane, to be saved at Whitehill Town Council's annual meeting in 2015. Since then, East Hampshire District Council, the town council and the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company have worked together to find a way of keeping the facility open. Approximately £117,000 has been raised to keep the pool open for a year. Whitehill Town Council has agreed to put £12,000 towards the project. EHDC is contributing £21,000 and the Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company is putting in £75,000. The remainder will come from income generated by the pool. The money will be enough to re-open and maintain the pool for 12 months.