Residents ready to fight industrial complex plans

Daily Echo: The site of the proposed development. The site of the proposed development.

COMMUNITY leaders in a Southampton suburb are to hold an emergency residents’ meeting as they prepare to fight plans for a giant industrial complex on their doorstep.

People living near the site of the proposed major development in Test Lane, Redbridge, next to the Daily Echo’s offices and print works, fear that the planned warehouses and offices could lead to the area being swamped with more traffic, and would mean the loss of a green space used by dog walkers and families.

Now Redbridge Residents’ Association will be holding a meeting at The Ship Inn, Old Redbridge Road, on Monday, July 14, from 7.30pm, which will be attended by developers.

Association secretary Dave Smith said: “All in all it should prove to be a lively debate.

“We have known for some time that the council has earmarked this field, which was once a landfill site, for disposal and the residents have accepted the fact that some light industrial buildings would be situated on this plot of land.

“What they are not happy about is the sheer size of the proposed buildings and the 24-hour operation side of this. The amount of traffic that will increase on the local roads will make living here a nightmare, not to mention the possible disruption and damage to the Ramsar site that is the Lower Test Marshes, looked after by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Nature Trust.

“The association will be assisting all the residents, members or not, in the forthcoming battle to try to limit the size of the development.

“We are not ‘nimbys’ and fully realise that the council needs to sell the land to try to help balance the books. But a large 24-hour distribution centre in a residential area is not in keeping with the local area.”

The developers behind the project, Evander Properties Ltd, insist that the modern distribution and industrial park would create up to 750 jobs in its construction and operation.

During an exhibition of the plans last month, its architects moved to allay concerns about traffic, reassuring residents that lorries and HGVs would not use Gover Road and that measures would be in place to deter workers from turning left out of the site and on to Test Lane.

They will be attending next Monday’s meeting and will give a presentation.

Ward councillors Andy Pope and Cathy McEwing will also attend.

The land was chosen because of its location near the busy Port of Southampton and its easy access to the M271.

Pre-planning documents show that the units would be 45ft tall and there would be parking spaces for 305 cars.

The 16-acre plot was previously a gravel extraction site before being filled in with construction waste.

An Evander Properties spokesman said: “We welcome feedback on our emerging proposals to allow draft plans to be refined ahead of the formal submission of a planning application later this summer.”

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11:36am Tue 8 Jul 14

newsknight says...

Please could I suggest one big factor in your fight against the planned Industrial Units is the sheer number and areas of unused units currently available.

School Lane Industrial Estate, Chandlers Ford, has the huge ‘Alpha Park’ – ex-APW building, which the Police purchased overpriced for a HQ they will not now build, and also a huge swathe of units next to this (inc ex-ARCO) as well as other units throughout the park.

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I would imagine a similar story in other Industrial Parks across the area?
Please could I suggest one big factor in your fight against the planned Industrial Units is the sheer number and areas of unused units currently available. School Lane Industrial Estate, Chandlers Ford, has the huge ‘Alpha Park’ – ex-APW building, which the Police purchased overpriced for a HQ they will not now build, and also a huge swathe of units next to this (inc ex-ARCO) as well as other units throughout the park. http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/archive/2014/ 01/24/10962174.Hamps hire_police_commissi oner_Simon_Hayes_tig ht_lipped_over_Alpha _Park_sale_price/ I would imagine a similar story in other Industrial Parks across the area? newsknight
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11:46am Tue 8 Jul 14

forest hump says...

Banana's, the lot of them. "Green space"?? what an old landfill? please!!
Banana's, the lot of them. "Green space"?? what an old landfill? please!! forest hump
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2:54pm Tue 8 Jul 14

Subject48 says...

please do not develop this derelict empty field. it just looks so... whats the word.. inviting..(!)
please do not develop this derelict empty field. it just looks so... whats the word.. inviting..(!) Subject48
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8:31am Wed 9 Jul 14

Urbane Forager says...

newsknight wrote:
Please could I suggest one big factor in your fight against the planned Industrial Units is the sheer number and areas of unused units currently available.

School Lane Industrial Estate, Chandlers Ford, has the huge ‘Alpha Park’ – ex-APW building, which the Police purchased overpriced for a HQ they will not now build, and also a huge swathe of units next to this (inc ex-ARCO) as well as other units throughout the park.

http://www.dailyecho

.co.uk/archive/2014/

01/24/10962174.Hamps

hire_police_commissi

oner_Simon_Hayes_tig

ht_lipped_over_Alpha

_Park_sale_price/

I would imagine a similar story in other Industrial Parks across the area?
Totally agree with newsknigt here.

I'm unlucky enough work on an industrial estate in Hedge End, there are several massive units that have been vacant for over a year here, I'm assuming the case is the same in any estate of this kind.

Why build on green field sites that are beautiful for people and valuable habitat sites for wildlife?

No one should use the excuse that it was previously a landfill site as justification either; many of Southampton's beautiful parks were previously landfill sites, including the ever popular Riverside Park in Bitterne Park. In fact, I'll bet that a good deal of our wonderful city was once landfill.

We need to restore and maintain what little wild spaces we have left and stop eroding this valuable resource.

Use the sites that are currently empty!
[quote][p][bold]newsknight[/bold] wrote: Please could I suggest one big factor in your fight against the planned Industrial Units is the sheer number and areas of unused units currently available. School Lane Industrial Estate, Chandlers Ford, has the huge ‘Alpha Park’ – ex-APW building, which the Police purchased overpriced for a HQ they will not now build, and also a huge swathe of units next to this (inc ex-ARCO) as well as other units throughout the park. http://www.dailyecho .co.uk/archive/2014/ 01/24/10962174.Hamps hire_police_commissi oner_Simon_Hayes_tig ht_lipped_over_Alpha _Park_sale_price/ I would imagine a similar story in other Industrial Parks across the area?[/p][/quote]Totally agree with newsknigt here. I'm unlucky enough work on an industrial estate in Hedge End, there are several massive units that have been vacant for over a year here, I'm assuming the case is the same in any estate of this kind. Why build on green field sites that are beautiful for people and valuable habitat sites for wildlife? No one should use the excuse that it was previously a landfill site as justification either; many of Southampton's beautiful parks were previously landfill sites, including the ever popular Riverside Park in Bitterne Park. In fact, I'll bet that a good deal of our wonderful city was once landfill. We need to restore and maintain what little wild spaces we have left and stop eroding this valuable resource. Use the sites that are currently empty! Urbane Forager
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