Proposals for Land East of Horndean
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The Land East of Horndean refers to an area of land shown edged in red on the image to the right and which is controlled by Highwood Land Horndean (Limited), Banner Homes (Southern) Limited (now known as Cala Homes) and the Borrow Foundation.

In March 2014 East Hampshire District Council held a public consultation event, identifying the Land East of Horndean as one of a number of sites within and surrounding the settlement of Horndean that have been promoted by developers and agents for housing to address 'a minimum of 700 dwellings' requirement in the recently adopted Local Plan: Joint Core Strategy.

Together, we proposed an exciting development that delivers some 700 dwellings to meet this housing requirement for Horndean along with a prestigious care village, much needed sports facilities, a new primary school and far-reaching employment opportunities for the local community. in April 2015, following a lengthy consultation period, which included two public exhibitions, in April 2015, East Hampshire District Council’s planning committee granted outline planning consent.

Site Description

The application site adjoins the eastern and south-eastern boundaries of Horndean settlement as defined by East Hampshire Local Plan and includes the following land parcels:

  • Land North of Rowlands Castle Road
  • Land North-east of Havant Road
  • Land South-west of Havant Road

The site adjoins the South Downs National Park to the east (for the avoidance of doubt the entirety of the site lies outside of the National Park), and the southern portion of the site straddles the parish boundaries of Horndean and Rowlands Castle.


To deliver a comprehensive and sustainable development solution which addresses the housing and employment needs of Horndean using the following principles:

  1. A proposal that has been informed and influenced by proactive public consultation with the local community and other key stakeholders;
  2. A landscape-led approach that responds positively to the site's setting on the edge of the South Downs National Park;
  3. A proposal delivers a variety of high quality areas of open space, which promote recreational activities on and off site;
  4. A proposal that prioritises sustainable patterns of transport and encourages walking and cycling;
  5. A proposal that seeks to deliver a package of community benefits/facilities which addresses local needs as identified by the local community (including the Parish Councils and other local stakeholders).


The proposed development is centered on a vastly improved infrastructure and comprises a considered mix of residential and community facilities, employment and commercial use and open space, landscaping and highway works.

  • Residential: 653 new homes, including affordable housing and a care village that includes a care home, assisted living apartments and independent living units
  • Community: approximately 2.0 Ha of land allocated for a range of community facilities with additional land reserved for allotments
  • Employment and Commercial: approximately 2.7 Ha of employment land
  • Open Space: approximately 25.0 Ha of public open space, including playing pitches, areas of formal parkland and informal woodland and grassland.
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Outline plans approved

12th May 2015

Highwood Group’s plans to develop a large area of land in the village of Horndean in East Hampshire have been approved by East Hampshire District Council’s planning committee and will enable Highwood to build some 700 new homes, including much-needed affordable housing and a prestigious new care village.This stunning mixed-use scheme, which includes 693 new homes and a new school represents one of the most substantial greenfield developments for many years. Set on a vast stretch of farmland to the east of Horndean and near junction 2 of the A3(M), Highwood’s project will help Horndean meet its housing targets, including a 40 per cent affordable housing quotient and essential improvements to the village’s infrastructure, including a new primary school, sports facilities and a fabulous care village for the community’s older residents.

The Council agreed to grant outline planning consent for the development known as ‘Land East of Horndean’ following a lengthy consultation period, which included two public exhibitions that were held to give local residents an opportunity to air their views and find out more about this exciting development. Hundreds of people attended both consultation meetings and 92 per cent favoured the location and were in support of Highwood’s proposals; an achievement unheard of for a scheme of such a substantial scale.

‘We were delighted to have been granted outline consent for this project,’ revealed Simon Beech, Director at Highwood Group. ‘Throughout the process, we’ve worked as closely as possible with local residents to ensure our contribution will make a positive impact on the community and help change the lives of its residents for the better. Highwood has taken great care to create a scheme that has, at its heart, a meticulously considered and vastly improved infrastructure for Horndean, a new primary school and exciting sports facilities. In addition and to cater for the growing needs of Horndean’s older population, we’re also creating a superb new care village that includes a 60-bed care home, 40 assisted living apartments and 80 independent living units with the organisation’s care home partner, Hartwood Care. The new village is set overlooking a village cricket pitch and pavilion and will enjoy stunning views over the South Downs National Park.

‘We’ll submit our detailed proposals after a decision on the Section 106 agreement is finalised in the coming weeks. If all goes well, we anticipate our construction programme will commence in the summer and, as always, we’ll be keeping local residents informed at every stage. To have the support of the community as we have to date has undoubtedly had an impact on the Council’s approval of the project and we’re delighted that our input has received such positive feedback.’

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WYG Planning and Environment
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SO32 3PW
Tel: 01489 872 929