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New country park for Bursledon

Council buys car boot site

Page last updated at 03 March 2017 at 12:58

New Country Park for Bursledon

Bursledon is set to benefit from a new country park for local residents and to secure the green gap between Bursledon and Southampton.

The landowner had been working on selling the site following outline planning permission being granted in 2015. The Council bought the site to secure green space for the future, reduce traffic on Hamble Lane by providing a new access road onto Bursledon Road from Taylor Wimpey’s housing site and also develop around 180 new homes.

The new parkland area will be 10.5 hectares in size and include a mix of public open space areas, play equipment, new footpaths and improvement to existing public rights of way. The existing grass fields will be managed to improve this habitat for wildlife. This will include mown paths through these fields offering a variety of walking routes with specimen trees and benches. New woodland planting along the existing copse and stream will improve this area as a wildlife haven. Existing trees and hedgerows will be kept to provide a network of ‘green’ links around the perimeter of the site.

A key part of the new development is a new road that will access the Taylor Wimpey housing site from Bursledon Road. This will mean that residents of this, and the new development on the car boot sale site, will only use this new road and not Hamble Lane to access the site. The Council will be taking forward development on the car boot sale site with a mix of new homes for sale, private rent and affordable rent, aiming to meet local housing needs.

Council Leader, Cllr Keith House, said: “This exciting development to provide a new country park, secure the green gap, reduce traffic on Hamble Lane and homes for local people has been made possible by the Council’s investment in the site. As part of the Council’s investment portfolio it will also help us keep council tax down and protect local services.”

Other community facilities will include a children’s play area together with a tarmac area for sports such as football or basketball. A natural play trail will also be located along the edge of the open space and could include boulders, earth mounds and timber logs.

Photo Caption; Council Leader Keith House and Chair of Bursledon, Hamble and Hound Local Area Committee Cllr Tonia Craig on the site of the new country park