OPA submission

06.03.17

Buckland Development Limited submits its planning application for Welborne

Plans to create a new Garden Village for the South reach a key milestone today, as Buckland Development Limited (BDL) submits its outline planning application for a 6,000 home new community north of Fareham.

The application is the result of years of planning by BDL, a Hampshire-based development company that represents the vision and aspiration of Mark Thistlethwayte (Southwick Estate), who is the majority landowner of the Welborne area. Mark is Chairman of BDL, working on the Welborne project with his team for nearly a decade.  He is also involved in another major development scheme locally (Berewood, at Waterlooville) with Grainger plc.

Commenting on the submission of the outline planning application, BDL’s Chairman, Mark Thistlethwayte, said:

“We are delighted to be submitting our outline planning application for Welborne.  This represents years of hard work and effort from BDL and our extensive team of technical consultants – it will set the framework for future development.

“Ours is a very different approach to development, centred on a consistent, long- term vision with investment and delivery ahead of short term financial returns. We intend to remain involved in the delivery of the project to ensure our vision becomes reality.  This project is about more than just meeting local housing targets – we want to create an exemplar, sustainable garden community for the 21st century, with the facilities and infrastructure to serve future generations within Welborne and the wider area.

“Our hope now is that Fareham Borough Council will support our application and positively engage with us in order that we can focus on working together to provide the new homes, jobs and facilities that the area needs and at the soonest opportunity.”

Welborne was included in the list of Government-backed Garden Village settlements announced by Housing and Planning Minister Gavin Barwell MP in January 2017. Patrick Clarke, Director, AECOM, who has led the masterplanning on Welborne for BDL since 2008, said:

“As one of the first 21st Century Garden Villages, Welborne represents a new generation of sustainable communities. Our masterplan combines the principles that inspired the UK’s original and ever popular Garden Cities with best practice design approaches appropriate for today’s context. We have integrated the best of the built and natural environments for Welborne’s future residents and our plans lay the foundation for a place that will mature and improve over the long term. Creating an enduringly popular place where people will want to live, work and visit has remained BDL’s primary ambition throughout the project’s development.”

In addition to 6,000 new homes, Welborne will include a village and district centre with a variety of retail, commercial and employment uses, plus primary and secondary schools, healthcare facilities, and extensive green infrastructure with sports pitches, public open spaces, parks and woodland.

The plans would also deliver major infrastructure improvements for the area, including upgrade works to the A32, new distributor roads within the development and improvements to Junction 10 of the M27 motorway. Delivery of these improvements is envisaged for the early stages of the development with the combined support of public sector and private sector developer contributions.

Southwick Estate is part of the growing movement of landowners for whom “landowner legacy” is a key aspect of their approach to development.  BDL recently contributed to the “Prince’s Foundation for Building Community” prospectus – “A Landowner’s Guide to Popular Development”. This aims to encourage a long-term vision and approach to development focussing on creating sustainable communities and enduringly popular places rather than just housing developments.

Ben Bolgar, Senior Director, Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, said: “This new movement is designed to create an active network of landowners and practitioners intent on creating high quality mixed use development and sharing best industry practice.”

Hugh Petter, director of ADAM Architecture, said:

“Across the country landowners like Southwick Estate and BDL are putting in place the controls required to enable them to deliver significantly better places on their land than is the norm.  These projects are setting new standards of place making that reinforce the architecture and character of the surrounding area. We are delighted to be working with Mark Thistlethwayte and his excellent team on this exemplar project.”  Hugh has worked on a number of “landowner legacy” schemes including Blenheim at Woodstock and for the Duchy of Cornwall at Nansledan, Newquay.

Community dialogue has also been central to the way BDL has brought forward the project. The company has undertaken proactive engagement with the community during the development of its planning application, hosting information events and holding regular meetings with nearby residents’ associations and societies, as well as the local Parish Council.

BDL is set to continue this dialogue as its planning application progresses and has bolstered its communication with the creation of social media profiles on Twitter (@Welborne_BDL) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/WelborneBDL).

Work on-site could begin as early as the second half of 2018, with the whole project anticipated to take more than 20 years to complete.

Those wanting to find out more about BDL’s plans can visit its dedicated project website (www.bucklanddevelopment.com), where the planning application reference will be provided once the application has been registered and key application documents will be available to view and download.

Once the application is registered, BDL will also be issuing a submission update newsletter to stakeholders, community groups and local residents who have expressed an interest in the plans. This will also be available to view via the project website.