Agenda item

West of Waterlooville Major Development Area (MDA) - Verbal Progress Reports

-       Grainger

-       Taylor Wimpey



Grainger development update – Jenni Upstill (Grainger) provided an update.

Reference was made the following:

There were three current planning applications – Berewood nature reserve, the sports pavilion and the phase 2 of Town Park.

In reference to infrastructure works:

·         The final landscaping was taking place on the River Wallington.

·         The entrance roundabout would be resurfaced at some point in the future.

·         The SUDs on the Lark Field (phase 3 b) was ongoing, to be completed possibly in April.

The western link road work was on schedule.

Stakes Hill roadworks had been deferred to September.

The double yellow line and parking bay strategy on Grainger Street and Houghton Avenue had been submitted to Hampshire County Council for approval.

Future road adoptions were in discussion with Hampshire County Council.

In terms of phasing, the next phases to be sold were Lark Fields (3b) and Woodland Edge (5a). Grainger were currently in talks with developers and works were anticipated to commence on site at the end of the year.

The second primary school was anticipated to open in September 2024, to be delivered by Hampshire County Council.

The business case had been delivered to the NHS for the Health Centre and a reply was awaited.

Up-coming events included sporting events in the Park over the Easter period.  The local elections on 6 May would use Portacabins in the Community Hall Car Park.

The River Wallington and Elm Green play areas would be completed in April/May and would have an official opening in the summer.

The Grainger website and branding had been updated – and also a wayfinding and signage strategy was being undertaken.  Grainger had been working with the house builders on employment skills and sending out packs to local community groups.

Arising out of questions from members of the Forum, the following issues were discussed:

B2150 review.  Councillor Clear updated the meeting on her correspondence with Hampshire Highways on this matter.  The County were unclear as to what action they were being asked to undertake and the meeting was asked to clarify.  The Forum requested an overall review of the road from the ASDA roundabout to the Taylor Wimpey entrance.  The new crossing was questioned as to whether it was in the correct position but had now been installed, but the review was required as the development would be for 3500 dwellings and would have a potential problem of movement on that road, due to the congestion and delays.  The review would include the possible Sickle Way Closure (and impact on emergency services) and the Sunneymead Drive mini roundabout.  It was noted that the County Council were considering highways matters as part of the Aquind application.

Brambles Farm Access to Wellington Park (which was on a long lease from Havant Borough Council to a company).  Mr Crichton informed the meeting that he had visited the site with Havant Borough Councillor Robinson, who was generally supportive of the process of creating the access and would raise it with the Borough Council’s Leader.

The adoption of public open space in their area by Havant Borough Council and the members of the Borough Council on the Forum were encouraged to expedite this.

Aquind project implications, including the traffic on the B2150 and the A3.

The problems of not having an Implementation Officer to deal with questions arising on site and issues arising over Permitted Development Rights within the development.

Members of the Forum commented on the above and the officers responded accordingly.

Taylor Wimpey

No representatives from Taylor Wimpey were present at the meeting to provide an update.



That the verbal report be noted



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