The site including the former 1980s shopping precinct is set to be transformed following last night’s (Tuesday 10 January) decision by members on Southampton City Council Planning Committee. The proposals were guided by the key aspiration of reinvigorating this area to include an avenue surrounded by substantial public space enabling the appreciation of the historic Town Walls and providing retail units, restaurants, 152 apartments and 451 student beds.
Last night’s decision follows over 20 months of consultation and collaborative working with Historic England, Southampton City Council, the local community and organisations such as the City of Southampton Society and Hampshire Chamber of Commerce. It is anticipated that once fully occupied the residents, students and tourists will generate in excess of £5million of expenditure in the local economy.
The creation of links from the Bargate monument down to Debenhams and from the parks to East Street is another key component of the site’s transformation. These links through the site will attract visitors and seek to boost trade in this area of the City.
James Burchell, Tellon Capital, commented:
“Last night’s decision is an important step in regenerating this area of Southampton. The Bargate Quarter is going to rejuvenate an area fundamental to the history of the city and transform this space into a vibrant new neighbourhood. We are delighted that time spent in ensuring the plans reflect the aspirations of Historic England, the local community and the council itself has been recognised and we are grateful for their support. We are now looking forward to delivering this vision.”
Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council said:
“The granting of consent for the redevelopment of the Bargate Centre signals the start of a new era for this part of the city. The regeneration plans will not only create job opportunities for locals, but the apartments will help to create a vibrant community in the city centre. The Bargate project sits within the ‘Heart of the City’, which is one of seven Very Important Projects currently being undertaken. Our goal is to make Southampton a city of opportunity, where everyone thrives.”