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Southampton ready to ‘bounce back’ with new developments

Plans to redevelop two key sites in Southampton city centre and create up to 1,000 new jobs have been approved by the council.

The Leisure World and Bargate developments were both approved earlier this week at a meeting of the council’s planning and rights of way panel.

The Leisure World development will see a £250m investment in the city centre with improved linkages between the train station, Mayflower Quarter and the waterfront.

It also includes plans for a cinema, casino, leisure and wellbeing facilities, 650 new homes and two 150-room hotels.

While the Bargate Quarter will be a ‘linear park’ from the Bargate to Queensway, which aims to showcase the city’s historic walls, which were previously hidden from view by the now-demolished Bargate Shopping Centre.

‘After one of the most challenging year’s we’ve ever faced as a city, Southampton is ready to bounce back,’ said council leader, Cllr Christopher Hammond.

‘These two new developments represent a combined investment of about £350m and create over 1,000 jobs during construction. Each proposal will provide much needed new homes and leisure facilities in the city and help improve connectivity, showcase historic walls, and green public spaces will be created that reflect Southampton’s incredible heritage.

‘Despite the difficulties we face, there is confidence in Southampton’s future and our city’s potential. Our new Economic Green Growth Strategy has been drafted in cooperation with our business community, partners in industry, and residents’ feedback. Tackling the climate emergency, addressing air pollution and our sustainability principles are at its heart and providing good quality jobs for local people,’ added Cllr Hammond.

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