Residents welcome plans for student village in city

An artist's impression of the Mayflower Plaza development.

An artist's impression of the Mayflower Plaza development.

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

PLANS for a £70m village for more than 1,000 students in Southampton city centre have been praised by residents.

Developers, in partnership with the University of Southampton, want to build three blocks of student flats up to 15 storeys high at the boarded-up Mayflower Plaza site off Commercial Road.

However, a similar 15-storey block in Swaythling has been slammed by residents amid fears of parking chaos.

The £20m 'Gateway Scheme', developed by the UK arm of French construction giant Bouygues, will provide accommodation for 348 students.

There are fears that the students bring hundreds more cars into the city.

But the proposed Mayflower Plaza site has been welcomed by residents who said the development would bring jobs, money and life to the area.

Andrew Mackean, 55, a solicitor from Southampton, said: “The site has been empty for many years so it’s great to see something finally happening on it. It will help bring people to the shops and business in the area, as well as the art gallery and other sites around the city.”

The student village, complete with a gym, small supermarket, 400 cycle racks and basement parking, would face the council’s Civic Centre and new £15m SeaCity Museum.

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Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.

Osborne Developments and landowner Terrace Hill will launch a planning application in the spring.

The V-shaped site – bounded by Havelock Road, Commercial Road and West Park Road – stood empty since the 1980s and was demolished in 2003.

Terrace Hill bought it for £7.4m in 2007.

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5:09pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Sotonians_lets_pull_together says...

Bringing people into the city centre has to be good for the local economy. It is a very good move for the city.
Bringing people into the city centre has to be good for the local economy. It is a very good move for the city. Sotonians_lets_pull_together
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5:34pm Tue 20 Mar 12

George4th says...

Sotonians_lets_pull_
together
wrote:
Bringing people into the city centre has to be good for the local economy. It is a very good move for the city.
Agree. It is a fabulous addition to the City of Southampton. We need projects such as these after 25 years of neglect by the previous councils.
[quote][p][bold]Sotonians_lets_pull_ together[/bold] wrote: Bringing people into the city centre has to be good for the local economy. It is a very good move for the city.[/p][/quote]Agree. It is a fabulous addition to the City of Southampton. We need projects such as these after 25 years of neglect by the previous councils. George4th
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5:46pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Gainer T Gopher says...

How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??
How much is Royston Smith handout for this project?? Gainer T Gopher
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6:15pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Condor Man says...

The reason why Unilink buses was created was to stop students bringing cars with them. Surely the universities need to stipulate to incoming students that parking in limited and they should avoid bringing a car with them.
The reason why Unilink buses was created was to stop students bringing cars with them. Surely the universities need to stipulate to incoming students that parking in limited and they should avoid bringing a car with them. Condor Man
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6:41pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Over the Edge says...

George4th wrote:
Sotonians_lets_pull_

together
wrote:
Bringing people into the city centre has to be good for the local economy. It is a very good move for the city.
Agree. It is a fabulous addition to the City of Southampton. We need projects such as these after 25 years of neglect by the previous councils.
George4th blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, please change the record it's the same old same old from you all the time, I suppose hundreds of people made redundant is just what the city needed after 25 years of neglect.
[quote][p][bold]George4th[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sotonians_lets_pull_ together[/bold] wrote: Bringing people into the city centre has to be good for the local economy. It is a very good move for the city.[/p][/quote]Agree. It is a fabulous addition to the City of Southampton. We need projects such as these after 25 years of neglect by the previous councils.[/p][/quote]George4th blah blah blah blah blah blah blah, please change the record it's the same old same old from you all the time, I suppose hundreds of people made redundant is just what the city needed after 25 years of neglect. Over the Edge
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7:33pm Tue 20 Mar 12

cantthinkofone says...

It will look lovely when new.

I'm sure Shirley towers did too. And the polygon, and etc etc etc...
It will look lovely when new. I'm sure Shirley towers did too. And the polygon, and etc etc etc... cantthinkofone
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7:59pm Tue 20 Mar 12

bigfella777 says...

What about the ice rink?
What about the ice rink? bigfella777
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9:02pm Tue 20 Mar 12

lightsouth says...

Fantastic, the sooner the better.
Fantastic, the sooner the better. lightsouth
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9:10pm Tue 20 Mar 12

loosehead says...

Gainer T Gopher wrote:
How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??
Why don't you put use your real name & write this accusation in a letter to the Echo? Have you never heard of slander?
[quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??[/p][/quote]Why don't you put use your real name & write this accusation in a letter to the Echo? Have you never heard of slander? loosehead
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9:15pm Tue 20 Mar 12

loosehead says...

When the original buildings were knocked down who was in charge at the council?
I thought the idea was for French style cafe's to be built there so why did it change & who let it change?
personally I'd rather see a village complex for all age students than offices.
I hope they/the University will provide security patrols & this site will be safe for all students to walk around at night with out being attacked. but free enough to study & enjoy themselves.
If we could have more of these sites it could free up hoses in residential areas to allow young couples to buy them & stop any hostility towards the students from local residents
When the original buildings were knocked down who was in charge at the council? I thought the idea was for French style cafe's to be built there so why did it change & who let it change? personally I'd rather see a village complex for all age students than offices. I hope they/the University will provide security patrols & this site will be safe for all students to walk around at night with out being attacked. but free enough to study & enjoy themselves. If we could have more of these sites it could free up hoses in residential areas to allow young couples to buy them & stop any hostility towards the students from local residents loosehead
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10:25pm Tue 20 Mar 12

Gainer T Gopher says...

loosehead wrote:
Gainer T Gopher wrote: How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??
Why don't you put use your real name & write this accusation in a letter to the Echo? Have you never heard of slander?
this is my real name Gainer Theodore Gopher and I think the legal precident you would be looking for is LIBEL, written form, Slander is verbal!!!!

Gopher 1 loosehead 0
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??[/p][/quote]Why don't you put use your real name & write this accusation in a letter to the Echo? Have you never heard of slander?[/p][/quote]this is my real name Gainer Theodore Gopher and I think the legal precident you would be looking for is LIBEL, written form, Slander is verbal!!!! Gopher 1 loosehead 0 Gainer T Gopher
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11:32pm Tue 20 Mar 12

dolomiteman says...

yippee another student tower block with no parking spaces.
When will the Uni make use of the empty block in wessex lane?
yippee another student tower block with no parking spaces. When will the Uni make use of the empty block in wessex lane? dolomiteman
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6:32am Wed 21 Mar 12

loosehead says...

Gainer T Gopher wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Gainer T Gopher wrote: How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??
Why don't you put use your real name & write this accusation in a letter to the Echo? Have you never heard of slander?
this is my real name Gainer Theodore Gopher and I think the legal precident you would be looking for is LIBEL, written form, Slander is verbal!!!!

Gopher 1 loosehead 0
I didn't know we were in a competition?
[quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??[/p][/quote]Why don't you put use your real name & write this accusation in a letter to the Echo? Have you never heard of slander?[/p][/quote]this is my real name Gainer Theodore Gopher and I think the legal precident you would be looking for is LIBEL, written form, Slander is verbal!!!! Gopher 1 loosehead 0[/p][/quote]I didn't know we were in a competition? loosehead
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7:20am Wed 21 Mar 12

james47 says...

Gainer T Gopher wrote:
How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??
I think it was a fleet of Ferraris, a private jet and six dutch slaves....

...Moronic addition to the commentary Gopher....
[quote][p][bold]Gainer T Gopher[/bold] wrote: How much is Royston Smith handout for this project??[/p][/quote]I think it was a fleet of Ferraris, a private jet and six dutch slaves.... ...Moronic addition to the commentary Gopher.... james47
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7:23am Wed 21 Mar 12

bigfella777 says...

Why is anybody even bringing parking spaces into this? Hardly any students have cars and if they do they get charged a lot of money at the halls which puts them off.All the surrounding roads are permit or pay parking anyway, the parking issue is pathetic.
Why is anybody even bringing parking spaces into this? Hardly any students have cars and if they do they get charged a lot of money at the halls which puts them off.All the surrounding roads are permit or pay parking anyway, the parking issue is pathetic. bigfella777
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9:46am Wed 21 Mar 12

rightway says...

I don’t think parking will be much of a problem for the majority of students. A car will be a luxury for those with well-off parents, and good luck to them, but most of the students will be more concerned with paying for their education thanks to the ConDem government whose education was for the most part paid for by the tax payer.
Talk about pulling up the draw bridge after you.
Shame on them.
I don’t think parking will be much of a problem for the majority of students. A car will be a luxury for those with well-off parents, and good luck to them, but most of the students will be more concerned with paying for their education thanks to the ConDem government whose education was for the most part paid for by the tax payer. Talk about pulling up the draw bridge after you. Shame on them. rightway
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11:04am Wed 21 Mar 12

Lone Ranger. says...

Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.
.
I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers.
.
........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories
Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago. A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board. . I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers. . ........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories Lone Ranger.
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12:05pm Wed 21 Mar 12

ToastyTea says...

Wow you have a quote from 1 resident from "Southampton" !? (could be anywhere).
Don't generalise as if you are speaking for all local residents when quite clearly you haven't got all of their opinions.
If the developers had a meeting with local residents I think you would find not all do welcome these plans and more drunk students causing problems. I certainly will be objecting to them as will some of my neighbours.
Wow you have a quote from 1 resident from "Southampton" !? (could be anywhere). Don't generalise as if you are speaking for all local residents when quite clearly you haven't got all of their opinions. If the developers had a meeting with local residents I think you would find not all do welcome these plans and more drunk students causing problems. I certainly will be objecting to them as will some of my neighbours. ToastyTea
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9:03pm Wed 21 Mar 12

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.
.
I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers.
.
........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories
So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council?
get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago. A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board. . I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers. . ........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories[/p][/quote]So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council? get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area? loosehead
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8:23am Thu 22 Mar 12

Lone Ranger. says...

loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.
.
I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers.
.
........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories
So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council?
get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?
FOUR years ago ...... YES
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago. A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board. . I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers. . ........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories[/p][/quote]So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council? get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?[/p][/quote]FOUR years ago ...... YES Lone Ranger.
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9:36am Thu 22 Mar 12

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.
.
I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers.
.
........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories
So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council?
get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?
FOUR years ago ...... YES
The original buildings were demolished way more than four years ago.
if you want to just slag down every thing this Tory council are trying to do for this city at least make sure it was them who started it.
when the original buildings were demolished there was a Labour council.
so come on Lone Ranger what exactly were the original plans for the area?
wasn't it French style street cafes?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago. A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board. . I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers. . ........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories[/p][/quote]So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council? get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?[/p][/quote]FOUR years ago ...... YES[/p][/quote]The original buildings were demolished way more than four years ago. if you want to just slag down every thing this Tory council are trying to do for this city at least make sure it was them who started it. when the original buildings were demolished there was a Labour council. so come on Lone Ranger what exactly were the original plans for the area? wasn't it French style street cafes? loosehead
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4:51pm Thu 22 Mar 12

Lone Ranger. says...

loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.
.
I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers.
.
........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories
So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council?
get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?
FOUR years ago ...... YES
The original buildings were demolished way more than four years ago.
if you want to just slag down every thing this Tory council are trying to do for this city at least make sure it was them who started it.
when the original buildings were demolished there was a Labour council.
so come on Lone Ranger what exactly were the original plans for the area?
wasn't it French style street cafes?
You are so pompous.
.
Where did i state that they aere only demolished 4 years ago ??
.
So for your information .... Taken from the Echo
Oct 2008.
.
A £80m building project that was set to create 650 new jobs in Southampton has stalled after a row over cash broke out between the developers and city council, the Daily Echo can reveal. Mayflower bldg
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago. A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board. . I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers. . ........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories[/p][/quote]So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council? get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?[/p][/quote]FOUR years ago ...... YES[/p][/quote]The original buildings were demolished way more than four years ago. if you want to just slag down every thing this Tory council are trying to do for this city at least make sure it was them who started it. when the original buildings were demolished there was a Labour council. so come on Lone Ranger what exactly were the original plans for the area? wasn't it French style street cafes?[/p][/quote]You are so pompous. . Where did i state that they aere only demolished 4 years ago ?? . So for your information .... Taken from the Echo Oct 2008. . A £80m building project that was set to create 650 new jobs in Southampton has stalled after a row over cash broke out between the developers and city council, the Daily Echo can reveal. Mayflower bldg Lone Ranger.
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9:17pm Thu 22 Mar 12

loosehead says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Lone Ranger. wrote:
Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago.

A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board.
.
I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers.
.
........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories
So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council?
get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?
FOUR years ago ...... YES
The original buildings were demolished way more than four years ago.
if you want to just slag down every thing this Tory council are trying to do for this city at least make sure it was them who started it.
when the original buildings were demolished there was a Labour council.
so come on Lone Ranger what exactly were the original plans for the area?
wasn't it French style street cafes?
You are so pompous.
.
Where did i state that they aere only demolished 4 years ago ??
.
So for your information .... Taken from the Echo
Oct 2008.
.
A £80m building project that was set to create 650 new jobs in Southampton has stalled after a row over cash broke out between the developers and city council, the Daily Echo can reveal. Mayflower bldg
this is from your post oh pompous one!
FOUR years ago ...... YES
did you not post this?
Please explain to me where I'm being pompous in asking what happened to the original plans for French style cafes?
I left this country 5 & a half years ago this site had been flattened for quite a while so why didn't the Labour council go ahead with the original plans?
Instead of calling me names or trying to ridicule me why don't you answer my question?
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: Extract from above:-Plans for an £80m development of 180 apartments, a seven-storey office block and hotel called Mayflower Point were given the go-ahead by councillors nearly four years ago. A failure to find office tenants has left it on the drawing board. . I understaood that the reason why it didnt go ahead is because the developer and owner would not come up with the "contribution" to the council coffers. . ........ And the council was being run by ...... the Tories[/p][/quote]So Lone Ranger your trying to tell me that all those years ago when the original buildings were pulled down & so called French style street cafes were to replace them this was this present council? get real it was Labour so come on why did they change the original plans for the area?[/p][/quote]FOUR years ago ...... YES[/p][/quote]The original buildings were demolished way more than four years ago. if you want to just slag down every thing this Tory council are trying to do for this city at least make sure it was them who started it. when the original buildings were demolished there was a Labour council. so come on Lone Ranger what exactly were the original plans for the area? wasn't it French style street cafes?[/p][/quote]You are so pompous. . Where did i state that they aere only demolished 4 years ago ?? . So for your information .... Taken from the Echo Oct 2008. . A £80m building project that was set to create 650 new jobs in Southampton has stalled after a row over cash broke out between the developers and city council, the Daily Echo can reveal. Mayflower bldg[/p][/quote]this is from your post oh pompous one! FOUR years ago ...... YES did you not post this? Please explain to me where I'm being pompous in asking what happened to the original plans for French style cafes? I left this country 5 & a half years ago this site had been flattened for quite a while so why didn't the Labour council go ahead with the original plans? Instead of calling me names or trying to ridicule me why don't you answer my question? loosehead
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