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3,600 jobs to be created by multi-million pound scheme at Adanac park on edge of Southampton
A multi-million pound vision for a huge new development that could create 3,600 jobs in Hampshire has been revealed today.
Disused land on the outskirts of Southampton could become a thriving complex featuring offices, warehouses, a care home and houses.
The Daily Echo can today exclusively reveal the starting gun has been fired on the bold plans to bring dozens of new businesses and thousands of jobs to the region.
Plans handed in to both Test Valley Borough Council and Southampton City Council are the first steps towards making those ambitious plans a reality.
The 78 acre site at Adanac Park is owned by the Barker-Mill Estates, one of Hampshire's biggest landowners.
It lies next to the M271, and was originally earmarked as the potential site of an international company's headquarters.
Part of the site is already occupied by the Ordnance Survey's £40million headquarters, completed in 2010, and a Holiday Inn.
The new plans for the site were revealed by the Daily Echo last year, and a series of public exhibitions were held which were attended by hundreds of residents from neighbouring areas.
But now we can reveal what the scheme may actually look like.
The new master plan put forward for the site features a wide range of different types of employment space, including offices, industrial units and storage operations.
It features more than 47,000sq m of business space spread over four plots of land, including a redeveloped Yew Tree Farm building.
There would be 31,700sq m of storage and distribution space, including one enormous, 27,600sq m storage and distribution centre directly to the north of the Ordnance Survey headquarters.
The plan also contains two separate housing plots - one would be is at the far north of the site off Nursling Street which would have 26 homes and an 80-bed care home.
And the second is around Bargain Farm, which would feature 23 homes. Adjacent to that spot there would be a restaurant.
Barker-Mill Estates estimates that, if the master plan comes to fruition, about 3,600 new jobs will be created.
Although full planning permission would be required before any of the new buildings are built, gaining outline permission will make the site far more attractive to businesses interested in setting up there.
Despite planning permission being granted for a large company headquarters in 2008 and 2009, Barker-Mill Estates was unable to find a firm to occupy the entire site.
But Barker-Mill Estates says there has already been “a lot of interest” from a variety of businesses in the new proposals, who have been attracted by the less restrictive nature of the master plan.
Barker-Mill Estates trustee Tim Jobling said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the area that focuses on enormous amounts of inward investment and thousands of jobs - both things that south Hampshire is crying out for.
“We all know the UK needs further kick-starting to break out of slow growth. The vibrant proposition offered by the Adanac Park master plan is the push that might do the same for our local region.”
The councils' planning committees are due to make decisions on the applications by May 16 Panel on reaction ONE of the main stumbling blocks for the scheme could be the reaction of councillors at Test Valley, with the authority's leader already expressing concern about the amount of houses in the proposed development.
The Conservative-run authority's leader, Ian Carr, said: “I would welcome a development for employment and a boost for jobs in the borough, but we have plenty of houses being built elsewhere and we don't see that there should be housing on a site which has been designed for employment.
“This is a very important site and it is designed for good quality development and headquarters buildings, or a similar development.”
Bosses at Southampton City Council have already lent their backing to the plans.
The Labour-run council's leader, Simon Letts, said: “It's important that there is a sufficient supply of land in the area that can support economic growth.
“Barker-Mill Estates is working to provide this, with a flexible approach to the development at Adanac Park, bringing job opportunities to the area whilst also delivering much-needed housing in the region.”
But they have met with a more cautious reaction from the leader of Test Valley Borough Council.
And Romsey and Southampton North's Conservative MP Caroline Nokes said: “Adanac Park has long been designated for business use, and whilst we have the prestigious Ordnance Survey site, we also need the rest of the scheme to be completed.
“It is important that the wider area can attract the right sort of business, high end jobs and that the Solent Region benefits from the improvement in the economy.”
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