Twenty years and counting for the Hamptons
It’s hard to believe but it’s 20 years since the first brick was laid in the Hamptons. Here’s a trip down memory lane of the Hamptons journey and a peek at where it’s going next.
Building the Hamptons
Though planning permission was granted in 1993, it was another four years before the land was ready to build on. The first brick was laid on Holly Walk in Hampton Hargate in July 1997. By December 1997, the first residents were ready to move in and the Hamptons came to life.
What’s happened over the past 20 years?
Following the development of Hampton Hargate, Hampton Vale was next and now the Hamptons covers over 2,500 acres with a population of more than 10,000.
Serpentine Green Shopping Centre opened in February 1999 and has been followed by the opening of three schools, two leisure centres, local shops, takeaways and restaurants, and a garden centre.
Business has also boomed over the years and big names like Kiddicare, IKEA and Prologis coming to the area has provided many new jobs.
There are many more community facilities to explore. You only have to look at Hampton’s interactive community map to find the numerous clubs and activities available. While the green spaces and transport links are excellent, what really makes the Hamptons is the people who live here.
Hampton residents and the community that has evolved is a legacy that could never have been planned. A recent Facebook post on the Hampton Gazette page asked for residents to share their stories about living here. The feedback was great and it was wonderful to hear that many of the young Hampton residents from 20 years ago are now bringing up their own families in the Hamptons.
Many commented on how they would play on the undeveloped land and shared their memories of the people they shared their daily life with, including the very popular PC Mike Thorpe.
Residents who moved to the Hamptons at the time of its 10th anniversary also commented on how much it’s changed, just in the last 10 years.
The Hamptons is more than a housing development; it is a community with history and unique places to explore.
The Hamptons isn’t quite finished yet though. The next stage is well underway with development on Hampton East. Hampton Gardens school will be opening this September and once the new element to the Hamptons is completed, there will be 8,500 homes.
Work started on Hampton Gardens by Persimmon Homes in January this year and 50 reservations have already been secured. Overall, there will be 866 homes ranging from two to five bedrooms. At least three other developers are already preparing their plans. So the next year will bring even more choice in the new villages as well as cricket pitches and more parkland.
If you have any stories or pictures you’d like to share about your time living in the Hamptons, please get in touch.