Published: 3rd Jan 2018

Being asked to incorporate biodiversity into a new development is challenging enough, but imagine being asked to transform a former military base into a ‘green town’. That’s precisely the challenge set by East Hampshire District Council and the Whitehill and Bordon Regeneration Company to consultants EPR, which has been working on plans to turn the former military garrison into a healthy and eco-friendly place to live. The British Army left Whitehill and Bordon in December 2015 and moved to a new base at Lyneham in Wiltshire. The move has freed up over 100 hectares, presenting a unique ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to transform the town. EPR’s managing director, Ben Kite, said they were attracted to the project because it was an opportunity to ‘use the power of planning to deliver biodiversity benefits’. ‘I think what has failed about the nature conservation agenda in the past is that often the approach taken has been … (To read the full article, subscribe below)