Whitehill & Bordon: Hampshire's Green Town

Whitehill & Bordon, which is located on the A3 corridor in East Hampshire and surrounded by South Downs National Park, is being regenerated into a prosperous and sustainable green town.

Whitehill & Bordon, which is located on the A3 corridor in East Hampshire and surrounded by South Downs National Park, is being regenerated into a prosperous and sustainable green town. The Army’s Defence School of Electronic and Mechanical Engineering has had a base in the town for more than 100 years and is relocating in 2015 to Wiltshire and therefore freeing-up approximately 100 hectares of land in Whitehill & Bordon. The army’s departure will lead to a significant decline in economic activity but also provides a once in a lifetime opportunity for economic transformation through a largescale regeneration and development project. It is anticipated that the regeneration of Whitehill & Bordon will deliver 3,350 new homes, 5,500 new jobs, a thriving new town centre, new schools and the protection and enhancement of 150 hectares of beautiful natural environment.Whitehill & Bordon was identified in our Strategic Economic Plan as one of five Step-up Towns (an area of latent economic potential, which currently experience barriers to growth that impacts upon the area’s overall performance) in the Enterprise M3 area and, as a result of this, an integrated investment package worth £24.75 million was put together to enable East Hampshire District Council and its partners to deliver a package of infrastructure and development projects which will accelerate regeneration activity in Whitehill & Bordon. To date, Enterprise M3 has secured approximately £23.9 million from the Local Growth Fund for five key projects – the Whitehill & Bordon Future Skills Centre (work starts in early 2016), Whitehill & Bordon Business and Enterprise Centre (work starts in late 2015), Phase 2 of the Whitehill & Bordon Relief Road (preparation works already underway) and two sustainable transport projects (work starts in late 2015).This funding package, when combined with the other investments that it will lever in from the public sector and the private sector, will lift the town, transform its economy, enable it to “step up” to its rightful place in the region, and make a significant contribution to the continuing economic growth of the Enterprise M3 area. Enterprise M3 is playing a key role in the ongoing work that is being done to ensure the successful regeneration of the town. We are key members of both the Whitehill & Bordon Strategy Board and Delivery & Implementation Board and will continue to lobby Government for further investment in the town.

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