North Stoneham Park update
In 2013-2014, Tim Greenwood objected in the early stages of proposed development for housing, of a large area of land within Avenue Park, North Stoneham. This area of Eastleigh was once one of the numerous Willis-Fleming estates with parts of the Park being designed by Lancelot Capability Brown. This was followed up by Chris Williams in 2015. However, as it became clear that development would eventually take place, the Trust endeavoured to ensure that some aspects of the historic park were retained. The C & D Team submitted final comments before a public hearing of the application, attended by Chris Williams and Tony Hurrell; however, planning permission for the development was granted in July, 2015.
Focus is now aimed at the important part of the Park, which lies in the District of Test Valley. It includes the Lakes (currently a private fishing club) and the impressive large, walled kitchen garden with the remains of the 19th century orangery (in private hands) – both of which may be being eyed by developers, following the success for developers in Avenue Park. Susan Campbell, Sally Miller and Dee Clift of the HGT Research Group have prepared a very robust historical account of the site as a whole and the importance of this important part, with its significant remaining Brown-designed features.