Work to create a new community in Eastleigh, that will bring new homes, open space , extensive new planting and a range of other improvements to the Borough reaches an important milestone in the coming weeks with the start of major improvements to the local road network.
The first phase of Stoneham Park, to the south west of Eastleigh town centre, got under way in November. The 560-home development - a mix of one-, two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes - will also bring new parkland, play space and walking and cycling links to the area. The development will also include accommodation for older people, including a care home and assisted and independent living units, as well as a new primary school, a community centre, pre-school, and improved leisure and sporting facilities.
Road improvements funded by the scheme include a new link road between Stoneham Lane and Chestnut Avenue, easing traffic flows in the area - and a cycleway and walking route running the length of Stoneham Lane that will improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians and provide a sustainable transport link to Southampton.
Two additional traffic roundabouts on Stoneham Lane, north and south of the Concorde Club, will also be created and the roundabout where Stoneham Lane meets Chestnut Avenue will be upgraded. There will be new vehicle access to the Monk’s Brook playing fields where a state-of-the-art football hub is being developed. To minimise disruption to local road users, the works have been scheduled outside peak travel times wherever possible.
There is also an extensive programme of tree planting with over a thousand trees scheduled to be planted across the site. The planting was stipulated by Eastleigh Local Area Committee, to create avenues and other areas of green space that are accessible to the public. Some trees and shrubs will be removed to accommodate the works that get under way next month. The removal is being carried out under specialist ecological advice.