Fareham Borough Council has granted outline planning permission for the creation of Welborne Garden Village, a holistically-planned new place inspired by its landscape setting. The 6,000-home settlement by Buckland Development Ltd. is amongst the first of the Government-backed new wave of garden communities.

LDA Design has played a pivotal role in unlocking the site’s potential. Early involvement included defining the initial vision and framework and shaping the Welborne Plan, adopted in 2015. More recently, LDA Design has guided preparation of the planning application via the Welborne Delivery Group.

Welborne is designed to meet the needs of 21st century living, to be easily walkable, served by good public transport and providing close contact to nature. Active lifestyles, health and wellbeing, and enterprise are key drivers. Infrastructure is planned and designed as part of a holistic, overarching strategy avoiding the pitfalls of a phase-by-phase approach. Social facilities will be integrated early on with housing delivery, providing tangible benefits for first settlers.

This garden community will  include work spaces, schools, a health centre, woodland, parks and shared open spaces, and even a hotel, as well as a good mix of housing types and tenures. Welborne will bring significant new employment opportunities to the area, with an estimated 5,700 new jobs. The Welborne Plan sets a target of 30 per cent affordable housing.  A not-for-profit Trust will provide support and stewardship as the village grows, overseeing maintenance for public realm and encouraging resident participation.

A detailed planning agreement between the Council and Buckland Development Ltd. will now be finalised over the coming months.