Press Release: 13:08:18
Winchester City Council has approved a mixed-use development of up to 3,500 homes on a 208-hectare site at North Whiteley, on the eastern fringes of Southampton. The development, which is the culmination of over a decade’s work by all of Terence O’Rourke’s disciplines, will provide up to 28% of Winchester City Council’s planned housing supply as well as two primary schools and an eight-form entry secondary school, alongside extensive infrastructure improvements.
The scheme received the go-ahead from Winchester City Council following the finalising of a section 106 agreement with the North Whiteley Consortium, which comprises housebuilders Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes, JGP Lakedale and Crest Nicholson.
Terence O’Rourke has been involved in the development from the start, having created the original master plan and overseen its evolution through extensive stages of consultation and a changing policy environment. Strong place-making principles are embedded in the master plan which responds to and protects the magnificent landscape setting by creating two distinct neighbourhoods knitted together by a centrally located new secondary school that well meets residents’ day to day needs. The practice co-ordinated the production of planning documents, submitted the application and managed it through to an initial resolution to grant by Winchester City Council in October 2015. During the last three years, the company has provided input into the legal agreement, proposed revisions to the original plans, assisted with the drafting of European Protected Species Licences and prepared a nitrogen budget for the development.
In addition to managing the planning paperwork, Terence O’Rourke’s landscape architects and ecologists worked very closely with Natural England to deliver a network of green infrastructure and to develop ecological mitigation strategies to ensure that the development would not have a significant adverse impact on protected species or internationally and nationally protected nature conservation sites.
The company co-ordinated the production of an extensive environmental impact assessment, and produced detailed cultural heritage, socio-economic and landscape and visual impact assessments. The company’s graphics team prepared artist’s impressions of parts of the proposed new development and ensured that the suite of submitted planning documents was of high visual quality.
Following the announcement, Martin Miller, director at Terence O’Rourke, said: “We are all very pleased that the council has approved our plans for this major new development. This is a real testament to the skills and expertise of the Terence O’Rourke team. To take a development all the way through from the site’s promotion to an approval is very satisfying, and has been a real team effort over a long period of time. I’m thrilled to see the permission issued and look forward to seeing how the site develops during construction.”