Southampton Airport Economic Gateway, Eastleigh
Southampton Airport Economic Gateway is located within the M27/M3 corridor next to junction 5 of the M27. It is directly adjacent to Southampton Airport Parkway train station and Southampton Airport, which provides flights to 34 destinations with world-wide connections. Eastleigh train station is also adjacent to the west. Given its proximity to two stations, the Southampton Airport Economic Gateway is well connected to the strategic rail and freight network. Direct trains connect to London Waterloo, which can be reached in 68 minutes. In addition, the site has close links to the international ports of Southampton and Portsmouth and is within a 30 minute drive of 5 universities.
The Southampton Airport Economic Gateway offers a unique opportunity to develop land adjacent to Southampton Airport and its neighbouring train stations. Although parts of the site rely on the provision of significant new transport interventions, a refreshed consideration of the requirements to unlock this area for development has presented an opportunity to release the site’s potential as a strategic employment site for South Hampshire through a phased approach to delivery. The site comprises of 4 parcels of land;
- Navigator Quarter
- Barton Park
- Tower Lane
- Land at Chickenhall Lane
The Land at Southampton Airport is recognised as having fewer access constraints and therefore has the potential to be brought forward for development first, acting as catalysts for the wider development. Southampton Airport has recently published: Southampton Airport’s Master Plan 2037 | A Vision For Sustainable Growth.
There is local evidence of large and complex sites being bought forward to the market in the form of the demolition and redevelopment of the Ford Transit factory on a site adjoining the borough boundary in Swaythling, Southampton. Therefore, there may also be an opportunity to explore synergies between these strategically important employment sites.
Lambert Smith Hampton have been instructed on a rare opportunity to acquire Barton Farm Industrial Estate, a highly prominent multi-let estate located strategically located within the Southampton Airport Economic Gateway. The estate comprises 6 industrial warehouse units totalling 43,426 sq ft let to 5 tenants.
Unique development opportunity primarily for research & development (including manufacturing), industrial and storage & distribution uses. Some part of the site may be suitable for a mix of uses including: office, retail, a hotel/conference centre, leisure, restaurants, residential and community-related development. Opportunities also exist for the development of waste management uses and renewable energy generation.
AGS Airports (owner of Southampton Airport) has formed a partnership with Diageo Pension Trust and Network Rail to bring forward Navigator Quarter, as part of the Solent Freeport, a new industrial and employment zone to the north and north-east of the runway. A planning application seeking permission for the road infrastructure and outline consent for the site is expected in early 2023, with construction following. Site development will also present an opportunity to improve non-vehicular access between the centre of Eastleigh to Swaythling and potentially even directly to One Horton Heath following the railway.
Southampton Airport Economic Gateway is located within the M27/M3 corridor next to junction 5 of the M27. It is directly adjacent to Southampton Airport Parkway train station and Southampton International Airport, which provides flights to over 50 destinations, some with world-wide connections. Eastleigh train station is also adjacent to the west. Given its proximity to two stations, the Southampton Airport Economic Gateway is well connected to the strategic rail and freight network. Direct trains connect to London Waterloo, which can be reached in 69 minutes. In addition, the site has close links to the international ports of Southampton and Portsmouth and is within a 30 minute drive of 5 universities.
The sites comprising the Southampton Airport Economic Gateway are identified in Eastleigh Borough Council’s Local Plan Review (2001-2011) and are part of the adopted development plan. The site has also been identified in the emerging Local Plan for the period 2016-2036 as an area in need of regeneration. The following policies of the development plan continue to be relevant up until these are replaced by the emerging Local Plan 2016-2036: 56.BE, 57.BE (Barton Park), 117.E, 118.E (Tower Lane), 112.E (Land at Chickenhall Lane), 111.E (Former Railway Works), 114.E (Northern Business Park, which covers the Land at Southampton Airport). Under the Local Plan, the site is referred to its historic name as ‘Eastleigh River Side’.
Whilst Eastleigh Borough Council, as Local Planning Authority, is encouraging the redevelopment of the site as a whole, they recognise and understand that not every part of the site will be redeveloped where there are existing businesses in place. Eastleigh Borough Council would look to pro-actively work with existing businesses to ensure their business security during the development of the wider site. Promoting the regeneration of the site is also a means of providing policy support for business-related improvements that individual owners and occupiers may wish to make in the long term.
Clean Power Properties Ltd., the owners of the Land at Chickenhall Lane, have obtained planning consent for the development of this land from Hampshire County Council for an Energy Recovery Centre (planning permission number: S/13/73507). Timescales for development are currently unknown.
Local authority: Eastleigh Borough Council
Development address: Chickenhall Lane, Eastleigh, SO50 6RR
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