North Whiteley

Client: Crest Nicholson, Taylor Wimpey, Bovis Homes and JGP Lakedale

  • Town planning

  • Environmental planning

  • Landscape architecture

  • Architecture

  • Urban design

  • Graphic design

  • Heritage

  • Geographic information systems

First identified as one of Hampshire’s growth areas in the 1970s, plans for the development of a new settlement at Whiteley were agreed by Hampshire County Council in 1986.  Terence O’Rourke first became involved with the development of Whiteley in 1987, providing planning, landscape architecture and masterplanning advice to the landowners, Arlington Securities, Prudential Property Investment Management, USS and Barratt Homes.  The first wave of development delivered almost 3,000 new homes, along with high quality employment opportunities, retail development and community facilities. However, the superstore, library and doctors’ surgery were always designed to accommodate a larger population.

In March 2013, Winchester City Council adopted a development plan containing provision for a further northerly extension of the town by up to 3,500 new homes together with two new local centres, a secondary school, two primary schools, an extra care facility, strategic highways and drainage infrastructure and extensive areas of public open space and green infrastructure.  Acting for a consortium of developers and a landowner, Terence O’Rourke provided planning, masterplanning, ecological, archaeological, environmental and landscape advice in relation to the urban extension, preparing an ecologically and landscape-led masterplan for the site given the local, national and international nature conservation sites in the vicinity. Working closely with officers of Winchester City Council, Hampshire County Council and Natural England, the masterplan was influenced by feedback received from local residents and key stakeholders at over 20 public consultation events.

In March 2015, Terence O’Rourke submitted an outline planning application for the site’s development accompanied by an Environmental Statement, and the application was approved by Winchester City Council’s planning committee on 12 October 2015 subject to planning conditions and a section 106 legal agreement.  Outline planning permission was granted on 30 July 2018, European Species Licences were granted by Natural England in August 2018 and pre-commencement site clearance commenced in October 2018.