The site is located in Blackwater & Hawley in North Hampshire, with both the Surrey and Berkshire borders approximately 1 mile away. The area is within Hart District Council, but is also close to areas administered by Surrey Heath Borough Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, and Bracknell Forest Council.
Blackwater & Hawley is located between J3 and J4 of the M3, just off the A30, and is surrounded by the urban centres of Fleet, Farnborough, Camberley, Frimley Sandhurst and Yateley.
Hawley Green is the traditional community centre of Hawley, whilst Blackwater is the commercial centre located directly on the A30. The Blackwater & Hawley area is currently experiencing a population increase through the new new residential developments.
The Nursery site is surrounded with opportunities for trips out.
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Areas next to the site are:
Hawley Green is a community open grassed area safely accessed using the pedestrian walk through between the 2 sections of Hawley Green.
The extensive mown grass area is used for informal child activities and games.
Hawley Woods is accessed immediately opposite the site. This is an MOD maintained land with permitted public access.
The area stretches as far as Minley and J4A of the M3. The main access route is hard surfaced and suitable for push chairs. The area provides an opportunity for educational exploratory trips out for older children.
The Blackwater & Hawley area is currently experiencing a population increase through the new new residential developments of:
Sun Park / Guillemont Park North – estimated 216 new homes
Hawley Park Farm – 126 new houses with 40% affordable with pedestrian access provisions to Hawley Green
Blackwater – Change of use from B1 to total of 15 one and two bedroom flats above Aldi retail store. Now completed and fully occupied
Blackwater – Change of use from B1 to total of 18 one and two bedroom flats above White Hart House retail.
A Travel Plan has been prepared for the Day Nursery and this has been accepted by Hart District Council.
The Nursery site is well placed at the centre of the Blackwater and Hawley Green Community to develop the opportunities for multi-modal travel:
The local area has good paths and crossing points already used by children attending the nearby Hawley Primary School. A safe pedestrian route to Blackwater Centre in 9 minutes enables access to main bus routes and Blackwater Station.
Blackwater train station provides regular direct national rail services to Wokingham, Reading, Guildford & Gatwick Airport along the possibility to change to access other network destinations.
Bicycles can be carried on the train service, and safe pedestrian and cycle access to the Nursery is available by using the A30 pedestrian crossing in Blackwater Centre, followed by the neighbourhood route of Green Lane.
A comprehensive road network exists to support travel to the Nursery by vehicle. The main access road is the B3272 which provides local access to both Yateley and Rushmoor. The B3272 also provides access to the A30, M3 junctions 4 and 4A and the A331. These routes provide links to to the significant centres of Fleet, Camberley, Hook, Basingstoke, Farnham and Guildford
Blackwater and Hawley is categorised by the Office of National Statistics as Suburbs and Small Towns: Commuter Suburbs. Key data from the 2011 Census provides the following population profile:
Total number of residents = 4473
- 27% are aged between 21-40
- 75% are economically active
Total number of households = 1833
- Household Tenure
- Owned = 82%
- Private rented 13%
- 2 people = 39% (706)
- 3 people = 16% (291)
- 4 people = 15% (267)
Families with Dependent Children with youngest child aged 0 to 4 years
- 1 child in family = 70 (3.8%)
- 2 children in family = 82 (4.5%)
- 3 or more children in family = 26 (1.4%)
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