A PLANNING application to rejuvenate Southampton's Bargate Quarter has been proposed to civic chiefs.

Developer Tellon Capital has this week submitted a full planning application to Southampton City Council that will lead to the delivery of the Bargate Quarter project.

The final scheme includes 519 residential homes that will be "suitable for home-working".

This is compared to the first proposals which detailed plans for just 287 homes.

As well as this, the final plans include 2,515 square meters of retail space, down from the originally proposed 7,343 square meters.

The planned hotel unit has been scrapped in favour of more housing for local people.

Tellon Capital recently held a community consultation on its revised scheme which aims to adapt to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and how it has changed the way that people live, work, shop, and socialise.

The developer said that feedback was "generally positive" during the two-week consultation with the majority of respondents "supporting the changes", such as scaling back the amount of retail, given the changing way people are shopping due to the pandemic.

The company claims it will create "high quality" new homes and that residents will have "easy access" to all the existing city centre shops, services, leisure attractions and public transport links.

The proposed rejuvenation also includes a significant number of secure cycle spaces along with electric vehicle charging points.

Additionally, there will be a ‘linear park’ from The Bargate to Queensway, which aims to showcase the city’s historic walls, which were previously hidden from view by the now-demolished Bargate Shopping Centre.

James Burchell, Partner at Tellon Capital, said: “Covid-19 has presented major challenges, but we are keen to make progress, and ensure this scheme is sustainable and deliverable.

“We have taken Southampton’s Green City Charter into account and aim to rejuvenate this vital part of the city with a scheme that is fit for the future and not trapped in the past.

“We recognise Southampton aims to be a green city with clean growth, and we want the Bargate Quarter to be an important part of delivering that vision.

“We believe our scheme will deliver economic benefits, public realm improvements, much-needed homes for local people, and provide the chance to improve the setting of The Bargate and the city’s medieval walls.”

As previously reported, city bosses raised concerns about "affordable housing" as the new Bargate Quarter vision was unveiled.

MP for Southampton Test Alan Whitehead has said that the city is in “desperate” need for more housing.

He has raised concerns about whether the units that will be made available will be “affordable”.