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Updates February 2016

Multi-use greenway –

There has always been on the plans for the whole site a ‘path’ (bridleway/cycle way, walkway), extending from the Hambledon Road to the North, right down to Purbrook Heath Road in the South. We have recently met with both developers y and  agreed the physical characteristics of this route. Taylor Wimpey have started to put theirs in; it’s obviously some considerable distance and will take time to complete, but when it’s finished it will be a lovely route across the very green Western Open Space with some fantastic views.

The care and extra care homes on the TW site are building out quickly, there have been some very minor amendments which are going through consideration and the sub-station has been approved and will be built when the weather improves!

We are expecting a planning application this year for Phase 3 on the Grainger site, the Infrastructure works are completed. The planning application will give detail on the proposed residential units to be built.

I am aware of lorries on both the Bloor and Redrow sites turning right and driving through Purbrook; both sites have been reminded they should not be doing this but leaving the area via Hulbert Road to connect with the A3.


Finally I will be retiring from the Council at the end of February, it has been a pleasure to watch this MDA site grow over the last 8 years, with it’s various tribulations. Thank you to all those who have taken an interest and particularly those who have helped me out on various occasions.

Best of luck, Jacky.


November 2015

Just a quick note to say hello to everyone, I have returned from a very enjoyable 7 month career break.

I would also like to say a big Thank You to Joe for his sterling work whilst I was away.

A lot seems to have happened in the last 7 months which is great, it would have been very depressing if nothing had moved on!

It will take me a couple of weeks to catch up, then I’ll provide updates on here as and when.

Jacky Wilson

Arts Commissioning!

Hi Everyone,

A living sculpture made of steel and growing oak trees will form a centrepiece of the Berewood development at West of Waterlooville, it has been announced (see below).

Winchester City Council, Havant Borough Council and Grainger PLC have together selected an exciting proposal following a competitive design competition.

The winning practice is a London-based collective of art, landscape and architecture professionals called Wayward. They will develop their commission in close collaboration with local residents, arts and heritage organisations and amenity groups, with a view to completing installation by the end of 2016.

Funded by planning contributions from developer Grainger PLC, the programme aims to create a distinctive identity for the homes on the ‘Berewood’ part of the site which they are building.  The first phase of the programme includes an installation at the entrance or ‘Gateway’ to the development from Grainger Street and further enhancements for the planned Town Park.

Wayward’s proposal, Grow, Grow, Grow Your Boat, is an adventurous project that explores the maritime history of the ancient woodland of the Forest of Bere that surrounds the development.  The proposal draws from the integral role of the forest’s oak trees in shipbuilding from the 16th to 18th centuries and ties this history to forest schools, natural play, living architecture and sustainable water systems.

Winchester City Council’s Cllr Kirk Phillips, who chairs the West of Waterlooville Arts Advisory Panel that selected the artists, said:

“We were delighted with this unique, magical and carefully researched proposal from Wayward. The artworks create intrigue that will lead to a discovery about Berewood’s history as well as being inclusive, fun, playful and romantic.  Its integral community engagement programme will ensure all the community feel a part of the commission as it develops.”

Heather Ring, Founder and Creative Director of Wayward, said:

“We are thrilled to have been selected for this important commission. It presents a remarkable opportunity to create not only a living sculpture, but also a public space and destination that will truly grow with the new community of Berewood.”

Place-making and public art agency Futurecity are curating and managing the project on behalf of the West of Waterlooville Arts Advisory Panel, which includes elected district and parish councillors as well as technical officers from each Council.  The Panel is keen to hear from a resident living in the development who would like to participate in future meetings.  Residents should contact Jaime Bridges, Havant Borough Council’s Community Development Manager, at



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