HJA’s Directors, Gareth Jones and Stuart Hardisty, have had ongoing involvement in the economic and employment aspects of the developing proposals for a major urban extension to Fareham in Hampshire since 2009. We were originally engaged to develop an economic strategy for the proposed new community. As plans for the development have evolved we have been asked to update and enhance this on several occasions, working with regeneration consultants, masterplanners and econometric modellers to inform this. Based on a growth aspiration of 7,500 new homes, we have developed proposals for the economic and employment aspects of the new community, identifying the nature and number of jobs, and the amount and type of employment land and premises that are needed to accommodate these.
Our work has involved detailed economic research, consultation with all stakeholders involved in the development of the proposals, and drawing on lessons and experience from other places. We have worked closely with Fareham Borough Council to develop an economic strategy that balances their sometimes competing requirements to maximise self-containment within the community whilst supporting aspirational sub-regional economic growth.
Our work has played an important role in the development of the plans for the new community, which are currently being examined by the Planning Inspectorate.
Link to the The Welborne Plan