Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Consultation on Whitehill Bordon 'eco-town' plan

Residents in an east Hampshire town, where the council plans to create an "eco-town", are being asked for their views on the plans for the development.

Whitehill Bordon was one of six areas selected in 2009 for the zero-carbon project intended to meet housing needs and tackle climate change.

The council has revised its 20-year masterplan, which includes 4,000 new homes and an "eco-business park".

The plans can be viewed at various locations over the next six weeks.

A consultation on the original masterplan, which also includes plans for the wider area around the "eco-town" development, was held last year and a revised version has now been published by East Hampshire District Council.

New schools

The "eco-town" will be built on land currently used for Army training, within the current boundaries of Whitehill Bordon, after the MoD has vacated the site in 2014 or 2015.

About 1,500 jobs will be lost when the MoD leaves but the new development will create up to 5,500 jobs, the council said.

Up to three new primary schools, early years centres and a modern public transport system, are also among the proposals.

Councillor Glynis Watts, the portfolio holder for regeneration, said: "We are trying to reach as many people as we possibly can as we really want to hear what you have to say.

"We are holding drop-in events and workshops in a variety of locations within Whitehill Bordon - as well as the surrounding villages - to make it as easy as possible to come and talk to us.

"We are running these events over six weeks with events in the evenings and during the day so we hope that this will give residents a good opportunity to come and see us."

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