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history and heritage

Buckland Development Ltd was originally established in 2006 to represent Southwick Estate – the local custodian of land allocated by the Local Council for Welborne.

Southwick Estate has been in the ownership of the Thistlethwayte family for nearly 500 years – over generations, they have run the 8,000-acre agricultural estate centred around the village of Southwick in Hampshire. The influence of a committed landowner with a long-term association with the area means Buckland Development Ltd is unlike many other developers in its approach.

Since 2006 we have assembled and funded our in-house and external team of property specialists to develop our team has been working along-side Fareham Borough Council, local and regional key stakeholders as well as local community groups.

After more than ten years of working with Fareham Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Highways England, Natural England, other key stakeholders and community groups, in 2017 we submitted an outline planning application to Fareham Borough Council for the entire allocated Welborne area – the largest application the local authority had ever received. In the same year, we established Welborne Land Limited and funded the purchase of all the land needed to deliver Welborne.

In October 2019 Fareham Borough Council’s Planning Committee agreed a Resolution to Grant on our application subject to a number of conditions and signing the s106 legal agreement.  Development is expected to start on site at the end of 2021 / start of 2022.