Berkeley Homes has launched a consultation website about its proposed Hartland Village development of 1,500 new homes at Pyestock (aka Hartland Park), near Fleet, Hampshire. Its subsidiary St Edward Homes has now named the new development Hartland Village.
The consultation site can be found here.
They have published an email address to which local residents can register for further updates: firstname.lastname@example.org
Berkeley Homes’ representatives, GL Hearn have also sent letters to local businesses asking for their comments. A copy of such a letter can be found here.
In the letter they say:
St Edward is now in the process of developing proposals for a residential development of the site, which would make a significant contribution towards meeting the need for new homes in the area. As a brownfield (already developed) site, Hartland Village will be an ideal location for delivery of new homes in a development with a distinctive character of its own with village shops and community facilities.
St Edward is committed to thorough public consultation on all of its projects and it is anticipated that the first round of engagement with local people will take place in the next few months. Further details of these public events and initial proposals for the site will be publicised in due course.
We Heart Hart encourages everyone to participate in this initial consultation, and would suggest that the proposed development is welcomed, but also make clear that this new development should take account of the following points:
- The proposed site is large at 135 acres. It is essential we make the best use of this previously developed land, and we would encourage Berkeley Homes to consider building at a higher density than that proposed. 1,500 homes on 135 acres amounts to only around 27.5 dwellings per hectare – densities of double that should be considered.
- The area is short of truly affordable homes for local people, so the development should include a fair provision of smaller, starter homes for those struggling to get on the housing ladder. Remember just calling homes ‘affordable’ does not make them so and due note should be given to understanding what is genuinely affordable to those households on median incomes in the district
- It is essential that proper infrastructure is delivered alongside this development such as schools as well as shops and community facilities. Some of this land should be set aside to meet the educational needs of the area.
- We should also take a properly strategic view of transport and use this opportunity to build new roads and/or modify the existing road network to improve traffic flow in and around Fleet.
- It will be important to deliver proper SANG provision for recreation and sports facilities.
- Fleet Pond and its immediate surroundings should be protected.
- Decontamination of the land should be done properly, so there is no risk to future residents