Thursday, April 26

The results of Havant Borough and Winchester City Councils decisions

Taylor Wimpeys Wellington Park development in Waterlooville continues with blocks of flats being built next to Southdown View. As this development progresses the buildings seem to have fewer and fewer features. These are bland white blocks with tiny windows at front and rear, and none along the sides. At first I thought they were offices (guess the still could be). But the access doors at ground level have pseudo victorian lamps by each door, not the sort of thing you would have on offices.

The old Waterlooville Wadham Stringer and latterly Caetano site has been demolished, with only huge piles of rubble remaining. The old Sprint Print building has also been demolished. I haven't checked the plans, but most people I have talked to think the Sainsburys petrol station is going top be built on the Sprint site, although I thought it had been moved to the recycling centre across the road. Yeah, Sainburys build petrol stations so you continue to pump CO2 from your car, and their own company CO2 figures look 'green'. Another CO2, export and green wash accounting measure. It's a nice little game such companies play, which is why CO2 emissions haven't come down in the UK and we are really fecked. The idea of consuming less and using less energy, just doesn't fit in with selling lots of crap everyday from a big retail store.

A view of the Sainbury site from the Waterlooville side. Note the already horrendous 'private' footpath and cycle path in the foreground. Havant Borough Council offloaded responsibility for this important path into Waterlooville years ago. It is still a nightmare for pedestrians and cyclists trying to reach the real Waterlooville town centre (you know, the one with buildings a 100 plus years old, the one the council is now determined to destroy, as they have destroyed in the past). This year we lose the Baytree Bookshop and others in the town centre. I'm guessing Sainburys will be selling books as well as food.

More devlopments in the Waterlooville retail park. A large unit being split into two smaller units. Downsizing!??
I haven't included in this post the start of work on the massive Grainger 2000 home development just behind the trees. The photo didn't come out to well, so that can wait for another time.
I also haven't shown the numerous trees that have been felled as a result of these developments.


Stuart said...

The new flats opposite Sunnymeade Drive on Hambledon road are horrendous. Have we suddenly gone back to the 70's?? Featureless blocks with flatish roofs. This development does not fit in with the locale

TheVille said...

Agree 100%.

The original plan had some offices just set back from the road. When they started building the two white blocks of flats, I thought they were going to be offices, mainly due to the lack of glass and the squarish nature of the design.

Then I noticed the pseudo antique lights fitted near the doors and realised they were flats.

The first block they built was skinned with bricks and has balconies. I thought if they were all like that, maybe it won't be so bad.

But no, some of them look like cell blocks. In principle I don't mind blocks of flats, good design doesn't just mean two floors!

Anonymous said...

Utter vile, looks like its HMP Waterlooville, blot on the landscape. Notice how the house going up near ASDA are no where need as horrendus.

Havant and Winchester councils should hang there heads in shame, not even had the decency to call it Old Park Farm, of which it is built on.