Whitehill & Bordon Town Partnership
Time Before Chequered Flag
The Aims of the Partnership
"Develop Whitehill and Bordon into a thriving, active community, offering facilities in keeping with the size of the population, to include recreational, leisure, cultural, educational and employment opportunities, whilst making the best use of the environmental assets of the area."
Whitehill and Bordon -
Whitehill & Bordon is situated close to the Eastern boundary of the County of Hampshire in Southern England. The Town lies approximately halfway between Portsmouth and London. The A325 Petersfield to Farnham Road runs through the town, linking the M3 to the North and the A3M to the South.
Historically the area around Whitehill & Bordon is a magnificent patchwork of rich ecological and archaeological assets. Of national importance, these assets include sites of special scientific interest (nine in total), tumuli, Bronze and Roman age finds together with extensive areas of natural Heathland (Woolmer Forest) and a local Nature Reserve (Deadwater Valley).
Around 1830, a turnpike road was cut through the forest to link the growing towns of Farnham and Petersfield. This was followed some 30 years later by another turnpike road linking Liphook and the parish of Greatham. Travellers would pay to travel on these roads and as often happens a 'stopping post' grew in this area. This 'stopping post became the settlement known as Whitehill.
Whitehill and Bordon continued to grow throughout the years. Bordon's importance as a military area began in 1863 when the War Office purchased 1,600 acres for training land and since that time Bordon has maintained a large Military base and presence.
Today, Whitehill & Bordon has a population of around 15,000 and is the second largest town (after Alton) in East Hampshire. It is clear however, that the provision of services has not kept pace with recent development.
Whitehill & Bordon faces a challenging, but potentially, an exciting future. The MOD presence in the town is due to end around 2016 and the Town has been awarded Eco Town Status. Levels of possible expansion ranged from 1000 to 8000 housing units, the size of such future development being entirely dependent on the amount of MOD land that may be released.
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