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Sustainable Living Just A Stone's Throw From London

Posted 24 February 2020 by Rebecca Burns

Sustainability is at the heart of an ambitious new housing project in north-east Hampshire, with an array of natural and eco-friendly features helping to create a beautiful new community.


Encircled by pine forest, Hartland Village is nestled in a convenient countryside spot between Fleet and Farnborough, and it is only 34 minutes from London by train.

Once it’s complete, the new community will include a mix of 1,500 homes including contemporary apartments and three-, four- and five-bedroom executive houses – interspersed with 100 acres of green, open space.

The striking entrance to the first phase of homes – an elegant, traditionally-inspired bridge over a feature lake – sets the tone for the whole development.

The project will be delivered over about 15 years by housebuilder St Edward, with a commitment to sustainability from the outset. The foundations of the first homes are constructed from recycled materials which previously occupied the brownfield site, and the housebuilder has invested in an electric digger with zero emissions. They have reused existing on-site storage facilities to store water, which has been tested, treated and used to fill the lake at the entrance to Hartland Village. Local wildlife has been considered too – for example, the bridge leading residents over the lake features lamp posts that have been blacked out on one side to prevent reflective light disrupting the local bats’ hunting habits.

The scheme’s design also looks after the health and well-being of its residents. There’s an impressive 70-acre country park as well as 28 acres of green, open space – including 10km of woodland trails. The first landscaped area surrounds the lake and is criss-crossed with pathways and cycle routes designed to encourage an active, outdoor lifestyle and provide plenty of opportunities to meet and make friends with neighbours.

There will be a nursery and a new primary school on site so residents can walk their children to school, and a village centre catering for day-to-day essentials, with 20,000 square feet for shops, fitness and other community facilities.


Fleet town centre is just two miles down the road, and Farnborough less than three miles in the other direction. A hopper bus service will provide transport to the train station to reduce car use. Fleet and Farnborough railway stations are nine minutes away in the car, with services into London Waterloo in as little as 40 minutes and 34 minutes respectively. Commuters can also catch trains to Guildford, Reading and Gatwick Airport from Farnborough North station, which is an 11-minute car journey away from Hartland Village.

The homes

The first phase of homes, Lakeside, offers a choice of stylish one- and two-bedroom apartments and spacious three-, four- and five-bedroom houses. Prospective buyers can get a genuine feel for what it would be like to live in one of the larger houses by visiting the showhomes, which also offer a glimpse of the high specification that can be expected across all of the properties at Hartland Village.

Ultimately, the overarching vision for this project is to create a community that incorporates all the facilities and social spaces needed to bring neighbours together and to foster a strong, united community – supporting positive mental well-being and active lifestyles along the way.

To find out more about Hartland Village visit St Edward, Berkeley Group. 

Prices: Homes in the current phase are priced from £249,950 to £999,995.

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