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AECOM unveils Hampshire eco-town plans

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At least 5,300 new homes may be built as part of the Government’s so-called Whitehill-Bordon eco-town under development plans proposed by East Hampshire District Council

The authority unveiled the plans to use 125 hectares of Ministry of Defence ground for the development designed by AECOM, which will include three primary schools, two public squares, a country park, leisure facilities and shops.

A central transport hub linking to the surrounding area will also be created, as well as a rail connection to London.

Anticipating increased spending power in the community due to the new housing and transport links, the plans will be subject to a phased development.

The council told Planning Resource it anticipates applications will be submitted almost immediately after consultation ends on 24 December, with demonstration sites set up next year.

Deputy chief executive Daphne Gardner said: ‘We are proud that Whitehill-Bordon is leading the country in tackling climate change with this carbon busting community.’

The scheme, one of 11, has been criticised by campaigners for potentially damaging ‘a large slice of the ancient and peaceful and peaceful parish of Headley’.

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