Residents gather for Hamptons community update
More than 80 residents gathered at Hampton College on 5 July for an update from O&H Hampton on the latest developments in the Hamptons.
Roger Tallowin, general manager at O&H Hampton, and his colleague Jeff Manners brought welcome news: the imminent opening of the new Krispy Kreme outlet, a Costa drive-thru and a new Greene King Farmhouse Inn.
New homes sites are coming on fast too.
Cala Homes should open the show homes at The Mallards development in Hampton Vale at the end of July. The first homes at Abbey Homes’ Cumberland Place 130 home development on Hampton Avenue in the town centre are now occupied. And McCarthy and Stone is planning to build 45 retirement homes nearby.
Across the A15, in the area now known as Hamptons East, a series of new villages are also taking shape.
Anyone heading south on the A15 will see construction progressing well on the new Hampton Gardens secondary school which will open in September 2017. Helen Price, executive headteacher of Hampton College, showed everyone the latest designs and features including popular outside dining area and amphitheatre.
The new secondary school will primarily take students from the new homes in Hamptons East and Yaxley, but does provide additional school place capacity for the existing Hampton villages and will share a sixth form with Hampton College.
Helen Price also shared the Hampton Academies Trust’s thinking and plans to prepare a Free School bid to open a new primary school in Hampton East in 2019. “The Trust’s aim is to ensure there are sufficient school places for primary age children, as the three current primary schools in the Hamptons are all full,” she said. Local families will be surveyed for their views and support for the bid over coming months.
Next to Hampton Gardens School, Persimmon Homes has submitted a planning application for 869 homes. Roger Tallowin gave his prediction that, once planning is granted and Persimmon has completed on the purchase of the land, work on roads and homes could start in September – which may mean the first new homes available next summer.
A bit further south, in Hampton Water, O&H Hampton is progressing well with its plans for a new tree-lined avenue and parkland area including cricket pitch. The first area for 275 new homes there is being negotiated and designed too.
Roger Tallowin answered a wide range of questions and closed the meeting with a reminder of the many ways in which local residents can help to promote the Hamptons, including by contributing to the Wikipedia page and using the #Hamptons hashtag on Twitter and other social media posts.