Published: 18th Mar 2021

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. … (To read the full article, subscribe below)