How sustainable
is the scheme?

We know how important the green is for Southampton City Council. In 2017, the Council passed a motion to be carbon neutral by 2040, one of the first local authorities to do this. The Green City Charter commits the Council to be carbon neutral by 2030. We believe that the development could be a showcase for a green city. We want to reach a BREEAM Excellent on the scheme – which means a very high standard on what we use to build. We are building for the future, not just for the present.

What is your placemaking

Developing a sense of place for Leisure World is something the Council is very keen to see and is something we are very much on board with. We have therefore designed the space with placemaking in mind to create a distinct identity. For example, the buildings and space are focussed on meeting points, focal points and landmarks to create a new urban quarter.

Why are you only looking at
an outline planning consent?

Outline planning is standard practice for a scheme of this size and allows us to phase the development, giving us flexibility and allowing the plans to evolve over time. At each stage, we will be coming forward with detailed proposals for consultation alongside design codes for each of the plots in reserved matters to ensure the public can feed in along the way. This will also allow the designs to be influenced by potential occupiers.

What are the benefits
for Southampton?
  • £250m investment in Southampton city centre
  • Cinema, casino, leisure and wellbeing
  • 650 new homes
  • Two 150-room hotels
  • 80 serviced hotel apartments
  • Modern workspace
  • Vibrant public realm
  • 1000+ jobs
  • Much improved linkages within the city centre
Where is the site?

The Leisure World site and adjoining industrial building are on West Quay Road in Southampton.

How will the project be delivered, if it
is granted planning permission?

The project will be delivered in the following phases, should we be granted planning permission:
Phase 1 – Leisure and a 150-room hotel along West Quay Road
Phase 2 – Workspace along West Quay Road and 325 new homes
Phase 3 – A further 325 homes and the second 150-room hotel
Phase 4 – Health and wellness facilities

Will an arena / new events space
be included in the new scheme?

Whilst previous proposals for the Leisure World site did include an arena, this current design does not. We believe that our regeneration plans seek to rejuvenate the current Leisure World site and the adjoining industrial building on West Quay Road by creating a mixed-use destination that delivers multiple benefits for the city.

What parking facilities are you proposing? How does this compare to what is currently on site?

On parking, the current Leisure World site has provision for over 800 car parking spaces. Our proposals will allow for circa 600 public parking spaces within a multi-story car park. We also plan to restrict the number of private car parking spaces for the new homes onsite, which is in line with Southampton City Council’s parking policy. In addition, 15% of parking provision will include spaces for electric cars with charging points. We have carried out extensive research and engaged in detailed discussions with the Council’s highways team, which has resulted in these plans for parking within the scheme.

What is the status of the application?

The planning application has been submitted and a decision is expected in early 2021.

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