Centenary Quay. Application No. 08/00389/OUT
Redevelopment of the site to provide a mixed use development comprising: 1,653 dwellings (including 413 affordable homes); retail (class A1 - 5,525 square metres, including a food store); restaurants and cafes (class A3 - 1,543 square metres); offices (class B1 - 4,527 square metres); yacht manufacture (class B2 - 21,237 square metres); Business industrial storage and distribution uses (class B1/B2/B8 - 2,617 square metres); 100 bedroom hotel (class C1- 4,633 square metres); 4 live/work units (2,408 square metres); two energy centres (1,080 square metres); with associated parking; new public spaces; river edge and quays; new means of access and associated highway/ environmental improvements (Environmental Impact Assessment Development- 'Hybrid' planning application: outline in part, full details of phase 1 and river edge submitted).
Historical maps show that shipbuilding has been undertaken on the site since the mid 19th century. In June 1904, Vosper Thornycroft arrived on site and carried out their shipbuilding operations for 100 years until they left Woolston to relocate to the famouse HMNB Portsmouth Naval Dockyard in 2004. The site was faced with dereliction and disuse until SEEDA stepped in and purchased the site. SEEDA worked with Southampton City Council and English Partnerships to create an exciting regeneration vision for the site. In 2006, Southampton City Council resolved to grant planning permission for a hybrid application submitted by SEEDA in 2005 for the redevelopment of the site. The associated S106 Agreement was signed in February 2008. The current planning application develops upon those proposals and enhances them to create a sustainable scheme in line with the vision for Southampton.
The site is central to the history of Woolston and Southampton’s shipbuilding heritage. Following the relocation of the shipbuilding in 2004, SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) acquired the site and submitted proposals for the regeneration of this key site. Alongside this planning process, a comprehensive community consultation programme was undertaken.
Following the public exhibitions organised in order to listen to local residents’ views on the emerging hybrid planning application and meetings with key stakeholders, SEEDA identified the following main issues raised throughout consultation (details on how these were subsequently addressed are also provided after each point):
• Limited parking within the proposed development will lead to problems on existing streets: a new CPZ has been created for the proposed development so there is no impact on surrounding streets and new bus routes will be introduced
• Loss of existing residents parking on Victoria Road: it was confirmed that overall there will be no loss of existing residents’ spaces
• Inadequate off-site traffic proposals for Portsmouth Road: SCC has indicated it is satisfied with the proposed improvements
• Rat-running in local roads: contributions will be made towards traffic calming and environmental improvements on local roads
• Introduction of one-way system on Woolston High Street and Woodley Road would be an ineffective short-term solution: it has been agreed that the one-way system is necessary in order for Portsmouth Road/Victoria Road to operate satisfactorily Discussions with the Woolston Community Association also revealed a desire for a heritage centre, new library, community centre or leisure facilities on the site and there was broad consensus that access to the waterfront should be a key consideration.
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