The site of Coldeast is to the west of Locks Heath in the the west of the Borough and measures approximately 59 hectares. It was originally a country estate with a house, garden, park and grazing land and woodland. It became a site for health facilities during the 20th century, many of which operate today. It includes residential care facilities and a specialist school. The site is currently in mixed ownership. Most of it is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency, the Government body responsible for housing and regeneration, and its preferred development partner Miller Homes. NHS Hampshire owns the north eastern section of the site, where a recently developed community hospital is located. Miller Homes is developing a housing scheme on part of the site of former hospital buildings, including converting an historic stable block. We have developed a strategy for the site's future development. This is set out in the core strategy (policy CS10) and an adopted development brief (October 2011). Together the strategy seeks to deliver:
We are working with the landowners and their development partners to help deliver the strategy. In 2012 planning permission was granted (subject to a legal agreement) for 168 new homes, restoration of the Mansion House as a hotel, sheltered accommodation and community facilities, including sports pitches, a community building with changing facilities and meeting room, allotments, cemetery, public swimming pool, conversion of Brook Lane gate lodge to a home and public use of open land and woodland. We hope development of homes and public access to open land will start during 2013.