Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Whitehill Bordon new town plans approved for barracks

Whitehill and Bordon Image copyright East Hampshire District Council
Image caption The closure of Bordon Garrison will make way for a new town centre and up to 2,400 homes

Plans have been approved to build up to 2,400 homes and a new town centre on a former Hampshire army site.

The plans, for Whitehill and Bordon, are the largest ever submitted to East Hampshire District Council.

Outline planning permission also includes new shops, offices, schools, a swimming pool and a new relief road. Work is likely to begin in early 2016.

Local parish councils raised objections over increased traffic and the impact on the South Downs National Park.

The plans, submitted by the Ministry of Defence's property arm, the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, set out how the 200 ha (495 acre) site will be redeveloped when Bordon Garrison closes later this year.

Approval is subject to completion of a Section 106 agreement concerning the contributions developers will make towards facilities.

Formal planning consent is expected to be granted in the summer.

East Hampshire District Council will conduct further consultation before a more detailed planning application is developed.

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