Date posted: October 9, 2023
We were delighted to attend the official opening of Warren Andrew Drive, a Rural Exception Site in the parish of North Warnborough last week. The event was hosted by Lindy Morgan, Chair of Hastoe’s Board, with speeches and ‘ribbon cutting’ by Cllr Peter Wildsmith, Cahir of Hart District Council, Cllr Pamela Verdon, Vice Chair of Odiham Parish Council and Andrew May, the former landowner.
The Andrew Family were farmers who moved to North Warnborough and Odiham in the 1920s. At that time, the family consisted of Philip Andrew and his wife Alice and their nine children, which included Warren. Warren was known locally for his charity work, his Christian faith, and his farming ability and when Warren’s immediate family passed away in 2000, the site was let to a farmer, but the family were keen to find a more socially responsible use for the land.
In 2017 CPRE Hampshire and Hastoe made an approach to purchase the small plot for Rural Affordable Housing and this resonated with the family as an ideal use that would have sat with their grandfather’s aspirations.