Fawley Waterside development given go ahead
Wednesday July 29th, 2020
Plans to revitalise the economic future of the New Forest in Hampshire have been given the go ahead by both New Forest District Council and New Forest National Park Authority.
The Fawley Waterside development, at the former Fawley Power Station site adjacent to Southampton Water, was consented outline planning permission by both authorities, which represents a significant step forward for the vision to deliver one of the most beautiful small towns in England in a key coastal area of Hampshire.
As the proposals encompass land within the New Forest District and New Forest National Park, separate outline planning applications were submitted to both authorities.
The proposed scheme will see major redevelopment of the decommissioned power station site to create a sustainable new waterside community with 1,500 new homes and 96,500 square metres of new commercial, civic and employment space, a canal and dock. It is anticipated that the development will create around 2,300 new jobs, with many working in the marine, maritime and other technology sectors.
As well as providing much needed affordable housing, the development will bring forward a suite of infrastructure improvements and community facilities including enhanced school provision, improvements to the A326 and cycling and walking routes, and enhancements to the landscape and biodiversity.
Fawley Waterside Ltd will start infrastructure development in 2021 with the first homes expected to be available by 2023.
Aldred Drummond, CEO of Fawley Waterside said: ‘We’re pleased with the strong support from District Councillors and the National Park Authority and their recognition of the enormous efforts that have gone into these outline planning applications. Our ambition has always been to build one of the most beautiful small towns in England, one with solid economic purpose that provides much needed job opportunities and acts as a significant economic boost for the Waterside. Paramount is the protection of the New Forest and enhancement of the landscape and biodiversity surrounding this new town.’
Additional information about Fawley Waterside can be found on their website: fawleywaterside.co.uk.