PLANS for a multi-million pound project to redevelop a Hampshire marina have been unveiled.

The Mercury Yacht Harbour could be transformed in the next few years as a leisure hub, outdoor activity centre, restaurants, 80 new homes, cycleways, footways and recreational spaces could be created at the site.

The plans are being drawn up by landowner Marina Developments Ltd (MDL).

This comes after Eastleigh Borough Council identified the site for redevelopment.

Although a planning application has not been submitted to the authority yet, MDL is drawing up plans which could also see improved access to Badnam Creek and the Bund, children’s play areas, a slipway with pontoon access and new parking spaces.

According to the proposal, the marina building could be replaced and would have new changing rooms and marina offices on the ground floor.

A board walk will be created in a bid to provide a new public link between The Bund and Badnam Creek.

A camping zone is also set to be created in the area, along with a play area and a footpath from the Strawberry Trail in the south to a new crossing point over an access road in the north.

The proposed new homes would be a mixture of one, two, three, four and five-bedroom houses and will include villas, flats, detached and semi-detached homes.

A new public viewing area and open space overlooking Badnam Creek and the riverside could also be created in the area.

Kristi Roger, project manager for Mercury Forward, said: “The Mercury Forward project is very much in the draft phase. We are discussing the material we presented at the public exhibition with the council planning department over the next few weeks.

“We will then prepare a final version of the masterplan in the new year. Through our collaborative approach with all stakeholders we believe our solution will best match EBC policies, reflect the unique riverside location and provide a good mix of uses for the community going forward.”

Residents had a chance to get a glimpse at the plans during public consultations held this months.

The scheme is still at an early stage and MDL said they residents’ views will help shaping the final plans for the site.

The public consultation ends on November 16. To make comments visit the Mercury Forwrd website.