Closure of Sir John Moore Barracks and the Redevelopment of the Flowerdown Area.
The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has announced that it wishes to vacate Sir John Moore Barracks by 2024 and to redevelop the site, rather than sell it on to a developer. The DIO has outlined to the Parish Council what their intentions are and have set up a Strategic Stakeholder Board with a range of Hampshire and Winchester local authority members. The Stakeholder Board met for the first time (online) on 19th November 2020 and was briefed by the DIO.
The DIO has an outline Master Plan for the redevelopment of the site, but much of the detail still needs to be worked out. The main impact is that there may be about 1,000 new homes and other structures. The long term result is that the local population will grow to be about 3,000. What facilities will remain such as sports fields and buildings, e.g. the Church and the swimming pool has not yet been decided. We can expect to see a Planning Application next summer.
There are positive prospects to take from this development, but you will also realise that there are some threats to the rural nature of the community. Littleton and Harestock Parish Council has a seat on the Stakeholder Board, and we have created a Parish Council committee to represent the community response to the more detailed development proposals. We will provide residents with many opportunities to express their views. The Parish Council Website (lhpc.org.uk) will also carry an updated section on the development of the Flowerdown site, and the mechanisms by which you can make comments about emerging proposals.
For its part, the DIO conducted a public consultation (online) on 16th December 2020 at 7pm.
Public Consultation Website
If you do comment on proposals, the Parish Council would be grateful for a copy. Please email the Clerk here: email@example.com
Our December newsletter should have reached all households in Littleton & Harestock. You can read an online copy on the news item link here.