Go-ahead for 1,380-home Hampshire scheme on former power station site

Plans have been approved for a 1,380-home mixed-use development on the site of a former power station in Hampshire, with officers describing the scheme as "one of the most significant planning applications" ever submitted to the council.

The existing Fawley power plant (Pic: Getty)
The existing Fawley power plant (Pic: Getty)

Earlier this week, councillors at New Forest District Council approved outline plans to redevelop the 41-hectare site occupied by the former Fawley power station, which fronts onto Southampton Water.

The plans were submitted by developer Fawley Waterside Ltd.

A planning officers' report for members described the outline proposals as “one of the most significant planning applications for development that [has] ever been submitted to New Forest District Council”. The site is allocated in New Forest District Council's local plan. 

The plans would see a total of 1,380 apartments and houses, a 2,100-space car park and 95,300 square metres of new commercial, civic and employment space built. 

The scheme would include a 98-metre high building to replace the existing power station chimney, an 8,300 square metre hotel with a 49-metre high tower, and a town hall with a 38-metre high "landmark element".

The redevelopment would also see the enlargement of the site's existing quayside to include public open spaces, apartments, and retail and office space.

According to the planning report, the proportion of homes earmarked for affordable accommodation would be at least 35 per cent, as required by the council’s planning policy.

The submitted application proposed to deliver at least 483 affordable homes, of which 169 would be for social rent, 169 for affordable rent, and 145 for intermediate housing, the report noted.

The report advised that the development would provide significant areas of green infrastructure and open space including a new nature park. It would also see the implementation of a marine management plan and new flood defences, including a new sea wall.

The environmental impact of construction would be mitigated through measures including fencing and barriers to protect adjacent land, controlled light spill and glare from floodlighting, a dust management plan and monitoring of noise and vibration, officers advised.

According to the report, “the scale of development would be bold, but not harmfully so” to the surrounding New Forest National Park and its habitats. 

The proposed development, the report said, “would deliver a range of significant, economic, social and environmental benefits” and the creation of more than 2,000 jobs. 

The plans would be completed in eight phases, from 2022 to 2035.

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