Welborne Garden Village

Project Details

  • 6,000 new homes
  • 100,000 sqm of employment space
  • A new district centre
  • Four new schools
  • Green infrastructure
  • New motorway junction

Designated by the Government as one of 14 Garden Villages in 2017, the 6,000-home scheme in Fareham, Hampshire, was granted outline planning permission in October 2019. 

Members of our Infrastructure and Environmental Planning team have been trusted advisors to Buckland Developments on Welborne Garden Village since 2010, where as well as the new homes, the new development will have 100,000sqm of employment space. 

A new district centre, hotel, pub, health centre, schools, green infrastructure and highways improvements will also form part of the scheme. 

As well as extensive stakeholder engagement, reviewing Fareham Borough Council’s Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating a Strategic Environmental Assessment) for the Local Plan and later the Action Area Plan, the team working on this sustainable new settlement also overcame a number of key challenges. 

This included; advising on a flexible ‘envelop’ design for assessment, key mitigation for a noise barrier along the M27, managing the findings of a Neolithic long barrow and defining extensive Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) mitigation to meet Habitat Regulations requirements, involving extensive collaboration with Natural England. 

The first residents are expected to move into Welborne by 2021.

Partner Gareth Wilson  said: “A particular highlight for me was securing Highways England agreement to depart from their standard protocol to install noise barriers on the M27 - this took seven years of patient but persistent campaigning resulting in a letter from James Brokenshire MP at the final hour confirming his approval. 

“This letter allowed the high-quality design principles of the scheme to be signed off ensuring future residents can enjoy the quality of life that the project team believed so passionately in.”

Key elements that our expert planning team undertook:

  • Reviewing Fareham Borough Council’s Sustainability Appraisal (incorporating Strategic Environmental Assessment) for the Local Plan and later the Area Action Plan.
  • Early engagement with key consultees including Fareham Borough Council, Natural England and Highways England.
  • Setting technical briefs for the EIA team, managing a competitive tender and assembling a multidisciplinary consultant team.
  • Extensive stakeholder engagement was undertaken, including public exhibitions, regular meetings with Fareham Borough Council, statutory consultees and local community groups.
  • The client’s single point of contact for all environmental workstreams, responsible for driving project programme and managing budget for technical consultant fees over the project timeline.
  • Providing input to the parameter plans forming the basis of the outline application to secure sufficient flexibility to adapt to market conditions at reserved matters stage and ensuring that physical environmental considerations and mitigation measures could be accommodated.
  • Preparing the Environmental Statement to support the planning application, including managing the EIA and HRA processes, preparing the introductory and concluding the ES chapters and Non-Technical Summary and reviewing all technical ES chapters, and supporting technical appendices for compliance with the EIA Regulations and IEMA EIA Quality Mark standards.
  • Responding to consultee comments relating to the ES and ad-hoc advice to our client in the lead up to planning committee.

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