FAQs

Below is a summary of questions we often get asked about Welborne. If there is anything else you’d like to know, contact us and we will endeavour to get back to you.

What is a Garden Village ?

A Garden Village is a derivation of Ebenezer Howard’s century-old concept of a Garden City (Letchworth Garden City, Welwyn Garden City, Hampstead Garden Suburb, Brentham), a standalone settlement that fuses the best of town and country to foster rounded, healthy lives for its residents. As a 21st century Garden Village, Welborne will align lessons learnt from other schemes with contemporary values and its specific landscape setting.

What makes Welborne a Garden Village?

Welborne is designed to be a community for 21st Century life but one that looks to the past to learn lessons from the tried and tested principles of Britain’s heritage of place-making in our villages and garden cities.

Welborne is underpinned by a set of principles aligned to the shared characteristics of these successful communities and places:

  • Holistically planned : comprehensive masterplan, flexible enough to evolve over time
  • Strong vision, leadership : single Master Developer for the lifespan of the development, guiding the vision
  • Long-term stewardship : active management of public realm, community infrastructure and activities, engaging and involving residents
  • Diversity of homes : mixed-tenure homes, housing types that are affordable, housing that reflect the ‘whole of life’ and inter-generational ethos
  • Beautifully and imaginatively designed homes with gardens for healthy communities
  • Economic purpose : locally accessible employment with a range of jobs on offer within easy commuting distance
  • Well-being : opportunities for residents to grow food including allotments, connection to nature, sports facilities and community activities to support active lifestyles
  • Landscape-led design with extensive network of well connected diverse green space augmenting the natural environment
  • Strong cultural, recreational and shopping facilities in walkable neighbourhoods
  • Integrated and accessible transport systems

Welborne is recognised as one of the UK Government’s Garden Villages as below. For more information please visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/first-ever-garden-villages-named-with-government-support

What is an Outline Planning Application?

An outline planning application sets out the principles of development rather than the detail of development. It looks at the scale and nature of development, considers certain high-level parameters (such as key access points, areas of land use, density of development, location and quantity of open space. etc) and refers to the Planning Authority’s policies.  Approval of an outline planning application means the development proposals are acceptable.  Before works can begin on site, approval of detailed plans is needed for each phase through the submission of a detailed planning application (‘reserved matters’) and agreement on Section 106 triggers and payments.

In the case of Welborne, Buckland submitted an outline planning application for the site but with a detailed element for access including upgrades to the M27 Junction 10.  The application was based on the Fareham Borough Council’s Welborne Plan which sets out the planning policy framework for the new settlement.  Please refer to the Masterplan page on this website for more details.

Buckland will need to consult on detailed designed and submit reserved matters applications for each phase of development.  Approval of a detailed planning application allows work to commence on-site.

When will works start on the new M27 Junction 10?

Detailed plans for the new M27 Junction 10 were included in our planning application.  Whilst the rest of the application was in outline and will need further detailed applications before construction can begin on each phase, the motorway junction design was already provided in detail.  This means that once full planning approval is obtained and funding agreed, works on the delivery of Junction 10 can begin.  A plan showing the new junction, access points and primary routes within Welborne can be found here : Welborne Roads and Access Plan.

Public and private sector are working closely together on delivery. Hampshire County Council is the scheme promoter working with Fareham Borough Council, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership and Government Departments to ensure that the Junction 10 improvement works can be brought forward in a timely manner to facilitate delivery of the new homes.  Buckland has committed to providing £20 million towards the junction improvements.

What Healthcare facilities will there be ?

Welborne’s masterplan has a strong health and well-being agenda to support healthy lifestyles and community cohesion. Buckland’s plans for Welborne will enable the maximum provision of healthcare and well-being services, including doctors surgery, pharmacies, physiotherapist and other supporting healthcare provision.

Healthcare facilities with flexible, multi-use clinical rooms will be phased into the development as the population of the new community grows.  It is anticipated that initially flexible space will be designed in the Village or District Centres, working with existing local GP practices to provide services for Welborne residents in the early years.  Healthcare provision will then grow through the lifetime of the development .

Buckland will continue to engage with Fareham Borough Council, the local Clinical Commissioning Care Group and GP practices on the delivery of future healthcare and social care provision at Welborne.

What sort of housing will there be at Welborne?

Welborne is intended to become a long-term asset for the people of Hampshire, a development driven by place-making – as opposed to just housing numbers. It is genuinely envisioned as a place for all, whatever the age and income.

Buckland’s focus is on creating a strong community where people put down their roots for the long-term. There will be a variety of housing types and tenures to support this – well-designed, well-planned and built to last.

Welborne will take between 20 to 30 years to build and when complete will be approximately the size of Petersfield in Hampshire with up to 6,000 homes.  A range of housing types will be provided across the development for first-time buyers, key workers, family and care for the elderly.  Significant infrastructure investment is required to start the project off including Junction 10 on the M27 (Buckland contribution of £20million), transport and utilities infrastructure plus community facilities and green infrastructure.  Consequently early phases of development will include 10% affordable housing with a proposed mechanism to increase levels up to 30% affordable over the lifetime of development.

The residential areas will be guided by the masterplan, designed in the context of the landscape setting and neighbourhoods will be created with Design Codes to ensure the vision remains undiluted over time.

What does Buckland mean by 'long-term stewardship' of the community?

Buckland wants to ensure that not only is Welborne built to a high standard, but that this quality is safeguarded in perpetuity and is accompanied by a strong village-life ethos.  To this end it will establish the Welborne Garden Village Trust – a not-for-profit limited company – as a mechanism for ensuring the long-term stewardship for the benefit of its residents.

The concept of a Garden Village Trust is not a new one – there are several examples of long-standing stewardship bodies that oversee the administration of planned new settlement in the UK.  The Welborne Garden Village Trust distils the most successful aspects of these examples as the basis of its own structure and role.

Buckland envisages the Trust’s role will be to:

  1. Stimulate and support community ethos with residents taking active participation
  2. Co-ordinate the management and maintenance of areas of public realm – community buildings, parks and open space, roads and any other areas not passed to Hampshire County Council or Fareham Borough Council
  3. Uphold the masterplan, characteristics and quality of the Garden Village to be set out by the design codes
Why does Dashwood have a different application ?

Dashwood is a 38-hectare woodland area in the northwestern corner of Welborne.  Currently private estate land, it is an integral part of Welborne’s natural green space proposals.  Buckland has proposed the installation of a 2.8km circular path in order to open up access for the benefit and enjoyment of Welborne and the wider community.   More details can be found here:  Welborne Green Infrastructure and Open Space

Dashwood falls under Winchester City Council while the rest of Welborne falls under Fareham Borough Council.  Over the years, Buckland has undertaken a range of flora and fauna assessments and surveyed over 1,600 trees within the woodland in order to ensure safe guarding of ecosystem. Following dialogue with both Natural England and Winchester City Council, Buckland submitted its proposals to the Council; these have been accepted and planning for the path has been approved.

Details of the application can be found here.

What type of jobs and business will there be?

Welborne will be among the best places in the regions to start a new business and grow existing businesses with employment provided across a range of sectors.   Strategically located between Southampton and Portsmouth with excellent transport links to London and the south of  UK via motorway, rail and air (from via Southampton Airport).

When completed, an estimated 5,700 jobs will be created within Welborne associated with the 1 million sq ft of employment space plus retail, leisure, childcare, education and healthcare employment opportunities located within the District Centre, Village Centre and community hub.

Over the 20+ years it will take to complete the development an estimated 7,300 temporary construction jobs and over 300 full time jobs will be created. Buckland is considering the potential for a construction skills academy.

Welborne has an integrated transport strategy that includes an upgraded motorway junction, new accesses from the A32, new internal roads all allowing businesses to be well connected to the wider economic hinterland. Public transport links together with pedestrian and cycling routes will allow residents and employees accessible and sustainable travel to work.

         

Where will the sport, open space and playgrounds be?

The provision of sports facilities and accessible open space is one of the key aspects of our plans for Welborne  – they are important assets that make significant contributions towards place-making, health and well being, biodiversity, community cohesion and climate change resilience.

Residential areas have been designed to be within 300m reach of green space – from woodland and natural open space to formal parks, playgrounds, allotments and pedestrian ‘greenways’.

Nearly 11 hectares of sports pitches will allow a variety of outdoor sports that could include tennis courts, bowls green, cricket pitch, football and rugby pitches – these will be located in dedicated locations within the site plus shared use of school facilities where possible. Indoor sports such as badminton courts are planned at community locations and the secondary school.

The links below provide plans for open space and sports provision.

Illustrative Landscape Plan

Sports Provision – January 2019

How is the wildlife and any historic areas being protected?

Buckland has been undertaking ecology surveys across the site since as early as 2013 in order to gain the fullest possible picture of the flora and fauna across the site.  Through this work we have been able to understand and identify areas of sensitivity that require protection, consider the impact of our initial masterplan layouts and plan areas of mitigation planting as well as explore opportunities to enhance wild life and habitat.

Ecological monitoring will continue throughout the development.  Buckland plans for 70 hectares of natural green space, inclusion of good size gardens in the majority of homes, extensive tree planting, allotments and parks will introduce a significant range of new habitats over the existing open arable landscape.

Welborne’s own heritage will be celebrated as part of the new community identity.  The buried Neolithic long barrow, 53m in length will be one of the features within Welborne Park.  Grade II listed Dean Farmhouse will be protected and the context of Boundary Oak School will be maintained through sensitive location of green buffers.

When and where will works start on Phase 1?

Fareham Borough Council’s Planning Committee members reached a positive decision on Buckland’s Outline Planning application on October 16, 2019.

This outcome gives the scheme a ‘resolution to grant’. Full planning permission will then be granted once the Section 106 agreement is finalised – this is an official document which sets out agreed infrastructure payments and timings.  Thereafter, Buckland would be in a position to submit detailed plans for Phase 1.

The first phases of development are expected to be within the northern half of the site to enable work on the proposed new M27 junction to proceed in the south.  Subject to the timings and outcome of the necessary planning process going forward, site preparation works could start towards the end of 2020/2021.

What will be delivered in the first phase?

Buckland envisages that the first phase and five years of development could include:

  • Up to 750 houses
  • First half of the Village Centre with local facilities such as the community hall, nursery, healthcare services and cafe
  • Upgrades to junction 10 of the M27 (resulting in all-moves junction)
  • Welborne Garden Village Trust in operation
  • Community Development Worker in place : point of contact between residents and Buckland keeping residents informed on progress and organising community events
  • First primary school
  • Regular bus service between Welborne and Fareham
  • Access to Dashwood with new 2.8km circular woodland path
  • Other open green spaces
  • Gigabit fibre broadband to all homes
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