The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company (WBRC) is delighted to have received planning permission to start construction on Phase 1 of the Whitehill & Bordon Town Centre which includes the new Morrisons supermarket, 175 new apartments, a high street shopping parade, and the Mess Hall.

Permission was granted via unanimous vote by the East Hampshire District Council Planning Committee on Thursday 26th May, 2022.

This phase of construction includes the long-awaited Morrisons supermarket and its multi-storey car park, 175 new apartments, a high street shopping parade with seven new shops, and the Mess Hall which will contain a whole host of restaurants and shops alongside a new dedicated theatre space, an art gallery, and a local history museum.

This permission means that WBRC can go straight into finalising construction designs before starting work on-site in November 2022.

Morrisons and the car park are scheduled to be open for Christmas 2023. This will be followed by the opening of Block A of the retail/office space and residential apartments in late-spring 2024, and Block B of retail and residential space by autumn 2024.

The Mess Hall will also be open by autumn 2024 while the final section of residential apartments will be ready by the end of 2025.

Overall, this phase of construction is expected to create around 850 new jobs excluding the 150 jobs already created at the leisure centre and The Shed.

This phase of construction does not include the Health Hub, but WBRC informed the Planning Committee that formal planning permission for this will be submitted before the end of 2022.

James Child, Project Lead at The Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, says:

“We are absolutely delighted to have been granted permission for this phase of the Town Centre. It is an essential part of the vision for the town because it will provide vital infrastructure to support the long-term prosperity of Whitehill & Bordon. It will make the town a cultural hub in Hampshire and do immeasurable good to the local economy with a combined focus on leisure, entertainment, retail, business, and homes.

“We greatly appreciate the support of East Hampshire District Council and their continued steadfast belief in this project.”