North Whiteley Planning Application Approved
The plans, from the North Whiteley Development Consortium, were put on hold after a lengthy council planning meeting at the Solent Hotel in Whiteley in September 2015.
What upset people was the Consortiums proposed alterations to the phasing to complete 3,500 houses within 8 years rather than 12 years as origionally planned.
Improvements to the highways and transport systems are required early to maintain and enhance the long and short term viability of Whiteley.
Without appropriate mitigation works the proposed faster delivery of housing would increase the negative impact of traffic on local roads, greatly affecting residents and business communities.
The revised 8 Year plan proposed accelerating the delivery of the new access routes onto Botley Road during years 3 and 4, but failed to acceleration of work to increase capacity on Whiteley Way.
After detailed discussion the phasing has now been revised to bring forward improvements to existing roads beginning in year 1 with the diagram below showing what the status of the roads should be by year 3.
This work includes: increasing the capacity of the Rookery Avenue/Parkway roundabout (R1) through widening and signalisation, increasing the capacity of Whiteley Way through widening from Junction 9 to the Marjoram Way roundabout (R2), improvements to the Parkway North junction (R1 a) including signalisation and a filter lane for north bound traffic turning right.
The revised phasing will see work to widen Whiteley Way and the improvements to R1 and R1a completed during year 2 with improvements from R2 to Bluebell Way completed by year 3. There will be enhanced provision for cyclists and pedestrians and some works at R2a to alleviate pressure at the town centre junction.
Disruption and some inconvenience for residents will be inevitable but these mean that work on the roads will begin in year one rather than years four and five.
For these reasons Winchester City Council’s planning committee gave the North Whiteley estate the green light at a meeting held in Winchester on Monday 12th October 2015 at 2pm.
Not everybody was happy with the news, as business owners from the Bury Farm Industrial Estate in Curbridge will now have to find alternative site to trade from as the industrial estate is part of the area that will be built on.
Road improvements Phasing and numbers of houses built
Planning Documents can be viewed online
Whiteley North Plans
Taylor Wimpey are starting to advertise homes.