A New Neighbourhood at Whitenap, Romsey
Development and the Ashfield Partnership
The site is to be developed by the Ashfield Partnership, a consortium which includes the landowner, the Ashfield Estate and 3 house builders, CG Fry & Son, Morrish Homes and Wyatt Homes. The Ashfield Partnership are also responsible for the housing development adjacent to the Luzborough, which is nearing completion and at another of the Borough’s allocated housing sites at Hoe Lane, North Baddesley.
Since 2006, the Ashfield estate and subsequently the Ashfield Partnership have undertaken various community engagement events relating to development at Whitenap. Since the adoption of the Local Plan in 2016, the Ashfield Partnership have undertaken a Pathfinder Day (May 2019), where local stakeholders were invited to partake in workshops looking at key topics relating to development at the site including transport, drainage, landscape, ecology and heritage, community infrastructure and employment and design and place-making principles. This has been followed by further stakeholder workshops and public drop-in sessions during January and February 2020. The Ashfield Partnership also opened a pop-up shop on The Hundred in Romsey to allow the wider community to share their views on the proposed development at Whitenap. The Ashfield Partnership’s timetable of community engagement events is available on their website. The feedback provided by the community at these more recent events is now being used by the Ashfield Partnership to help prepare a masterplan for the site and this will then help to inform the submission of a formal Outline planning application to the Local Planning Authority.
The Ashfield Partnership’s website includes information on the site and on the Partnership’s vision. The website also includes information on some of the feedback that has been provided by the community to date. Links which you may be interested in include:
Community engagement. This page includes contact details and a link to the briefing boards which were at the workshops on the 14/15 January 2020 at Mountbatten School: https://www.ashfieldpartnership.com/ashfield-partnership/community-engagement
Whitenap community engagement timeline: https://www.ashfieldpartnership.com/files/media/Community-Engagement/Whitenap-Timeline-02-Dec-19.pdf
Design and Community Code information: https://www.ashfieldpartnership.com/ashfield-estate/design-and-community-code
Pop-up shop information: https://www.ashfieldpartnership.com/ashfield-partnership/community-engagement/pop-up-shop
Whitenap community engagement summary boards: https://www.ashfieldpartnership.com/files/media/Whitenap-Consultation-Summary-Boards-Feb-20-Reduced.pdf
Whilst there are no community engagement activities taking place at the present time, the Ashfield Partnership can be contacted about their proposals for Whitenap via their website: https://www.ashfieldpartnership.com/ashfield-partnership/community-engagement