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MOD land bought for eco homes
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The Homes and Communities Agency has bought a plot of land to build 100 zero carbon homes as part of one of the UK’s first eco-towns. It has bought the Quebec Barracks on the former army camp at Whitehill and Bordon in East Hampshire for £3 million, after the site was released by the Ministry of Defence.

The barracks will be converted into carbon-neutral housing for the town, as well as an ‘eco-business park’ which could provide up to 100 new jobs.

Whitehill and Bordon became one of the first four government-funded ‘eco-towns’ in 2009.

The HCA investment is part of a regeneration plan that will create 4,000 environmentally sustainable homes and 5,500 jobs for the Hampshire town.

Cllr Glynis Watts, East Hampshire Council’s deputy leader and portfolio holder for Whitehill and Bordon, said: ‘This investment is a great step forward for the town. The focus of this and future development is on enabling residents to have a really good quality of life.

‘The homes that will be built will meet local aspirations because they will be attractive, cheap to run and in a great environment. We are going to pull out all the stops to make this something really special.’

Army personnel remain at the site, but it will be vacated by the end of 2015, when troops will relocate to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire.

Kevin Bourner, head of area at the HCA, said: ‘This investment enables partners to take the first steps towards regenerating Whitehill and Bordon in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

‘There is a lot of work that needs to be done over the next year, but it is exciting to have got to this stage and see that progress is going to happen in the months ahead.’

The regeneration project will continue with the selection of a development partner which will submit a planning application for the barracks site by the end of the year.

Work on the site is expected to begin in 2014, to be completed by the end of 2015.

Credits:: Hannah Shaddock - Inside Housing

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