Page last updated at 20 October 2017 at 13:09
The first stage of the Stoneham Park community development officially got underway when the Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Mo Sollitt, was on hand to dig the first area of land along Stoneham Lane.
The first phase of a vibrant new community between Chestnut Avenue and west of Stoneham Lane in Eastleigh, will include 560 homes, made up of a mix of 1,2,3 4 and 5 bedroom homes. Nearly 200 of the new homes will be affordable i.e. for rent and shared ownership through VIVID, Hampshire largest provider of affordable homes.
Key to the first phase of the development are 146 new homes that are being purchased through a joint venture between the council and VIVID These homes will be available for rent and will provide the Council with an ongoing income.
In addition to the residential development, this application includes a new bright and green ‘Avenue Park’ open space in the centre of the site, with two children’s play areas and tree lined(?) corridor links through the development, together with a number of smaller areas of open space and play equipment?. There will also be pedestrian and cycle links across the site, some of which will follow the routes of historic carriage drives. Key to the development is the construction of the new link road that will run between Chestnut Avenue and Stoneham Lane and help smooth the traffic flow in the area.
Mayor of Eastleigh, Cllr Mo Sollitt said, “I’m delighted to officially get this new exciting development of Stoneham Park community underway. It will provide enhanced facilities for all Eastleigh residents and provide much needed affordable housing, allowing local people to be able to have a home of their own. It will providehomes for market rent and affordable rent alongside homes for sale that will help reduce our housing waiting list and assist in meeting the shortfall in housing across the borough.”
Mike Shepherd, VIVID Director of New Business & Development said, “All of the new homes within the initial phases are being built by VIVID, with Highwood acting as the main contractor. The first homes are due to be completed next year with the whole site being developed over three phases.”
Simon Beech from Highwood said, “In total, the new development will provide 1100 new homes and the proposal also includes plans to create a new local centre, including a new primary school, children’s pre-school nursery, community building, residential care home, retail and office buildings and car parking.”