Whiteley North starts in June 2018
The Whiteley North housing development is due to start in June 2018 following talks with councillors and developers.
The planning for three schools, new shops and 50 hectares of green space, was submitted by a consortium comprising Taylor Wimpey, Crest Nicholson, Bovis Homes and JGP Lakedale in October 2015. This was then approved by Winchest City Council. Two primary schools, a nursery and a secondary school will be built and open by 2025 along with a small number of shops, allotments, and sports pitches.
Doubts about the lack of funding for road infrastructure halted plans until £20m was secured in August 2017 from central government, along with £15m from the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. This will improve roads in the Whiteley estate, Rookery Avenue, Parkway and Junction nine of the M27 and will aim to reduce jams around Junction 9 on the M27.
Additional lanes will be added onto slip roads, the Parkway South roundabout and Whiteley Way approach. There will be an additional traffic lane on both M27 Junction 9 motorway off-slip roads; on the westbound on-slip road, and on the Whiteley Way approach. The existing short left-turn lane on Whiteley Way will be lengthened and additional lanes will be provided on the northern and southern sections of the roundabout. At Parkway South roundabout, a new larger, fully signal-controlled roundabout will be provided, with additional lanes on all approaches, on the Parkway exit road and on the roundabout itself.
Late 2018: £250m to convert M27 from J4 to J11 into a smart Motorway. (Adds extra lane instead of the Hard Shoulder)
Summer 2019: £20M to improve J9 with extra lanes, improve R1 with traffic lights, extend Bluebell Way to join Botley Road.
Congestion at peak times in this area has been notoriously bad for years and with a further 3,500 new homes in the planning it will just get worse. It is hope the improvements will finally allow people to access the shopping centre, cinema, restaurants and Business Park without delay. The additional £15 million of funding will be to widen Whiteley Way. All these works sit alongside the £150 million being invested by Highways England in the M27 Smart Motorway Scheme.
Whiteley North is expected to take 10 years to complete.