Plans for nature based development are submitted
Friday August 7th, 2020
Southampton based HPW Architecture are submitting a planning application to Test Valley Borough Council to transform the old World of Water site on Greatbridge Road, Romsey into a nature based campus, whilst also providing enhanced access to the adjacent Fishlake Meadows Nature Reserve.
The proposal will provide a £10m green infrastructure investment and create an environment that will deliver highly sustainable work and hospitality spaces. The scheme is being developed to attain “Building with Nature” accreditation standards which recognises the design and delivery of high quality green infrastructure.
The project sponsors have been working closely with Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust to ensure that the development improves the area for wildlife and offers opportunities for those working or visiting to enjoy and connect with nature.
Debbie Tann, CEO of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust comments ‘This disused site sits next to our nature reserve, Fishlake Meadows – a wonderful wildlife haven on the edge of Romsey. There is a real opportunity to bring nature to the fore here and we are happy to be working with the team to help ensure that the development is sensitive to the special wildlife of our nature reserve, and delivers genuine benefits for both wildlife and local people”.