Fawley Waterside Ltd – the firm behind the £1bn redevelopment of the former power station – has made “significant progress” on the scheme and they’re “on track” for a decision from the council by April.

The firm are looking to transform the site into a thriving residential and commercial waterside community that becomes a destination for employment and leisure activity.

They recently came to an agreement to delay the scheduled deadline on whether to approve its outline application due to several areas which needed more work – such as environmental concerns raised by New Forest District Council.

A spokesperson for Fawley Waterside Ltd – who’re revealing details of the project at the South Coast Development Conference later this month – said: “Significant progress is being made with the local planning authorities and the statutory consultees – Hampshire County Council, Environment Agency, Natural England and the RSPB – in terms of narrowing the issues around the outline planning applications. Fawley Waterside Ltd expects to make a comprehensive resubmission in due course addressing all points raised since the first consultation which ended in July 2019.”

Issues raised by local authority planners include the impact of the £8m upgrade of eight junctions on the A326, plus mitigating pollution from the new homes and their impact on marine habitats, and how quickly new nature sites could be delivered.

Details for the scheme include:

  • 1,500 new homes over a mix of tenure
  • Creation of 2,000 new jobs with a focus on advanced manufacturing, marine and technology industries
  • Enlarged dock and new canal
  • Underground car park for over 2,000 cars
  • Provision for shops, cafes, restaurants, doctors surgery, health centre and, if needed, a primary school

Click here to find out more about the scheme at our South Coast Development Conference >