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Whiteley is located in between the Portsmouth and Southampton and close to the town of Fareham. Whiteley contains a residential community and newly developed retail and a business park. Construction of the Solent business park started in the mid 1980's and the first houses were completed in the late 1980's, although construction slowed for a few years following a crash in the Residential property market during the mid 1990's
In May 2013 Whiteley had re opened its retail park which has now been transformed into a shopping centre with a difference. Created as a natural environment with open spaces and public art, Whiteley offers the best mix of the high street including M&S, Topshop, H&M, River Island and Next among its 56 stores
Modern homes surround the business park. From modern one bedroom flats to executive four bedroom detached houses Whiteley properties have been designed to suit young professionals with growing families. Being so close to the M27 motorway makes Whiteley an ideal location to live for those that need to commute to work.
In 2013 Whiteley unveiled its new shopping centre, compromising of 50 + retail stores which includes your more popular brands such as river island, joules or white stuff to your locally run florist and fruit & veg shop. Benefitting from being only a 25 minute drive from Portsmouth and Southampton, Whiteley Village is easily accessible just a few minutes from junction 9 of the M27. Parking is free.
The Solent Hotel and Spa is located in Rookery Avenue, Whiteley and is ideal for those wanting to get out and about by the coast with the family, or those wanting to enjoy a lazy weekend of Spa treatments and good food with friends. The Terrace Restaurant Bar & Grill is the hotelís food and drink option ñ open to the public as well as guests their food is freshly prepared, and the Head Chef works with favoured local suppliers, meaning menus vary from day-to-day. Within the Whiteley Village complex there are now 9 more restaurants to choose from along with a number of small fast food conveniences.
Whiteley is situated close to Junction 9 of the M27 motorway, while rail services are provided nearby at Swanwick railway station.
Historically, the site now occupied by Whiteley was farmland and coppice. The nearest historical settlements are those of Park Gate situated just south of Swanwick Hill, Little Park to the South and Swanwick to the West. Farms in the local area included Rookery, Yew Tree, Sweethills and Whiteley. The wooded areas in Whiteley were used to provide shelter to troops in the build-up of forces for transportation to northern France in preparation for D-Day during the second world war. This is evidenced by the remains of a War Department water tank on the edge of the Bere Forest to the north of the community.