Plans for Southampton industrial complex go on show to public

Daily Echo: The proposed site in Test Lane, Southampton, next to the Daily Echo office. The proposed site in Test Lane, Southampton, next to the Daily Echo office.

MEMBERS of the public have been given their first glimpse of plans to build a huge industrial complex in Test Lane that could create hundreds of jobs.

Architects presented bold plans to develop land in Test Lane, next to the Daily Echo’s offices and print works, at a public meeting yesterday.

The meeting was held at Coxford Community Centre in Olive Road, Coxford – three miles away from the proposed site.

Observers saw artist’s impressions put together by architects Michael Sparks Associates on behalf of developers Evander Properties Ltd.

The proposals include three distribution buildings and a public park area adjacent to Gover Road, which would act as a public amenity area and a buffer between the site and people living nearby.

As reported by the Daily Echo, residents in the road were concerned that the development could lead to an increase in traffic and were disappointed at the potential loss of a green space used by dog walkers and families.

The 21,371 square metres warehouse and office complex was chosen because of its location near the busy Port of Southampton and its easy access to the M271.

Pre-planning documents show that the units would be 45ft tall and would have parking spaces for 305 cars.

The 16-acre plot was previously a gravel extraction site before being filled in with construction waste.

Ashley Chambers, lead architect on the project, said: “We are looking to create a modern distribution and industrial park that will employ a lot of people.

“We have been talking to different operators and we are hopeful one or more will go through at the next stage.

“The centre will not necessarily serve the docks – there will be a mix of white collar and blue collar workers on site.”

Mr Chambers reassured residents that lorries and HGVs would not use Gover Road and said that measures would be in place to deter workers from turning left out of the site and on to Test Lane.

He added: “There are not any sites like this in Southampton that is allocated and has ideal land that can hold these buildings.”

Peter Wyatt, 57, of Kendal Avenue, made the trip to Coxford Community Centre to see the plans.

He said: “I am concerned the development will exacerbate pollution in the area due to the gas underneath the field.

“It will affect people on site. We need jobs, there’s no doubt about it, but why put people’s heath at risk first?

“There are units on Millbrook Road that they could move into.”

Daniel Wiseman, a planning consultant for planners Turley at Adanac Park, also attended the event.

He said: “There are plans to get employment right across the south coast and if this port is going to meet these aspirations then this is central to the decision.”

Another public meeting will be held at Redbridge Community School in Cuckmere Lane this evening, from 5pm until 8.30pm.

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11:24am Wed 11 Jun 14

loonaloop says...

There are empty units all over this City and I bet that site is full of Asbestos along with various other dangerous materials. Leave it be.
There are empty units all over this City and I bet that site is full of Asbestos along with various other dangerous materials. Leave it be. loonaloop
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12:41pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Harold K Steptoe says...

They'll look great just sat empty withe the lights left on all night. The only work will be for a security guard to keep out the local vandals.
They'll look great just sat empty withe the lights left on all night. The only work will be for a security guard to keep out the local vandals. Harold K Steptoe
  • Score: 3

1:03pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Babylon51 says...

I suppose it's ok that this project was pushed through at the expense of people losing their homes. Shame on the councils for that. Backhander?
I suppose it's ok that this project was pushed through at the expense of people losing their homes. Shame on the councils for that. Backhander? Babylon51
  • Score: 1

1:24pm Wed 11 Jun 14

elvisimo says...

so a scheme being built on a landfill site. Sounds ideal, wouldn't want housing on it. Jobs, employment - what's not to like?
so a scheme being built on a landfill site. Sounds ideal, wouldn't want housing on it. Jobs, employment - what's not to like? elvisimo
  • Score: 2

1:34pm Wed 11 Jun 14

motorizer says...

Are people seriously falling for the 'NEW JOBS' line!!!!!!!! Its just a ploy by these people to soften the blow.

If businesses were creating jobs then why so many empty units across the city? The so called new jobs will be inportd cheap labour to build it.

As for new jobs it will be occupied by people relocating ..... If you think there will be a sudden rush from job centres across the south then you are all sadly deluded...

Politicians and these developers are far more astute at these games than you and I so please don't be fooled by them.

I am sure,judging by the way this has already been handled the decision is already made without any thought to local people but we can live in hope !!!!
Are people seriously falling for the 'NEW JOBS' line!!!!!!!! Its just a ploy by these people to soften the blow. If businesses were creating jobs then why so many empty units across the city? The so called new jobs will be inportd cheap labour to build it. As for new jobs it will be occupied by people relocating ..... If you think there will be a sudden rush from job centres across the south then you are all sadly deluded... Politicians and these developers are far more astute at these games than you and I so please don't be fooled by them. I am sure,judging by the way this has already been handled the decision is already made without any thought to local people but we can live in hope !!!! motorizer
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2:56pm Wed 11 Jun 14

OSPREYSAINT says...

motorizer wrote:
Are people seriously falling for the 'NEW JOBS' line!!!!!!!! Its just a ploy by these people to soften the blow.

If businesses were creating jobs then why so many empty units across the city? The so called new jobs will be inportd cheap labour to build it.

As for new jobs it will be occupied by people relocating ..... If you think there will be a sudden rush from job centres across the south then you are all sadly deluded...

Politicians and these developers are far more astute at these games than you and I so please don't be fooled by them.

I am sure,judging by the way this has already been handled the decision is already made without any thought to local people but we can live in hope !!!!
Not like you to be so positive and optimistic over a project.
[quote][p][bold]motorizer[/bold] wrote: Are people seriously falling for the 'NEW JOBS' line!!!!!!!! Its just a ploy by these people to soften the blow. If businesses were creating jobs then why so many empty units across the city? The so called new jobs will be inportd cheap labour to build it. As for new jobs it will be occupied by people relocating ..... If you think there will be a sudden rush from job centres across the south then you are all sadly deluded... Politicians and these developers are far more astute at these games than you and I so please don't be fooled by them. I am sure,judging by the way this has already been handled the decision is already made without any thought to local people but we can live in hope !!!![/p][/quote]Not like you to be so positive and optimistic over a project. OSPREYSAINT
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3:15pm Wed 11 Jun 14

motorizer says...

OSPREYSAINT wrote:
motorizer wrote:
Are people seriously falling for the 'NEW JOBS' line!!!!!!!! Its just a ploy by these people to soften the blow.

If businesses were creating jobs then why so many empty units across the city? The so called new jobs will be inportd cheap labour to build it.

As for new jobs it will be occupied by people relocating ..... If you think there will be a sudden rush from job centres across the south then you are all sadly deluded...

Politicians and these developers are far more astute at these games than you and I so please don't be fooled by them.

I am sure,judging by the way this has already been handled the decision is already made without any thought to local people but we can live in hope !!!!
Not like you to be so positive and optimistic over a project.
so what do you think Osprey? Do you think it is a good scheme? Do you think we need more industrial units in that area.... If anything why not build on the exsisting nursling estate where the roads are in place and no local residents lives will be blighted.

It has nothing to do with being positive or optimistic .... Its about being realistic with what is needed and the way that you. me and our families are continually run rough shod over to sarisfy those who don't give a toss about how we live..... Just look at the carnage our city planning over years creates every morning.

So whats the plan?
[quote][p][bold]OSPREYSAINT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]motorizer[/bold] wrote: Are people seriously falling for the 'NEW JOBS' line!!!!!!!! Its just a ploy by these people to soften the blow. If businesses were creating jobs then why so many empty units across the city? The so called new jobs will be inportd cheap labour to build it. As for new jobs it will be occupied by people relocating ..... If you think there will be a sudden rush from job centres across the south then you are all sadly deluded... Politicians and these developers are far more astute at these games than you and I so please don't be fooled by them. I am sure,judging by the way this has already been handled the decision is already made without any thought to local people but we can live in hope !!!![/p][/quote]Not like you to be so positive and optimistic over a project.[/p][/quote]so what do you think Osprey? Do you think it is a good scheme? Do you think we need more industrial units in that area.... If anything why not build on the exsisting nursling estate where the roads are in place and no local residents lives will be blighted. It has nothing to do with being positive or optimistic .... Its about being realistic with what is needed and the way that you. me and our families are continually run rough shod over to sarisfy those who don't give a toss about how we live..... Just look at the carnage our city planning over years creates every morning. So whats the plan? motorizer
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3:47pm Wed 11 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Sounds good on paper, but I wonder what the actual thing will be like. If there is such demand for industrial units across the City, why are there so many empty units? Same with offices. If there is such a demand for new office space, why is it so many office blocks in Southampton remain empty?
Sounds good on paper, but I wonder what the actual thing will be like. If there is such demand for industrial units across the City, why are there so many empty units? Same with offices. If there is such a demand for new office space, why is it so many office blocks in Southampton remain empty? 03alpe01
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4:32pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

Babylon51 wrote:
I suppose it's ok that this project was pushed through at the expense of people losing their homes. Shame on the councils for that. Backhander?
Thats very interesting ..... which homes are being lost then ?
[quote][p][bold]Babylon51[/bold] wrote: I suppose it's ok that this project was pushed through at the expense of people losing their homes. Shame on the councils for that. Backhander?[/p][/quote]Thats very interesting ..... which homes are being lost then ? Lone Ranger.
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4:36pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Lone Ranger. says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Sounds good on paper, but I wonder what the actual thing will be like. If there is such demand for industrial units across the City, why are there so many empty units? Same with offices. If there is such a demand for new office space, why is it so many office blocks in Southampton remain empty?
I suppose it depends on what the industrial use is.
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If its for distribution ( like Tesco ) there is nothing else in the city that has those facilities ...... therefore they have to have purpose built.... Office space would also be required on site and not a couple of miles away
.
Without seeing the plans i doubt that it will be small industrial units though ...
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Sounds good on paper, but I wonder what the actual thing will be like. If there is such demand for industrial units across the City, why are there so many empty units? Same with offices. If there is such a demand for new office space, why is it so many office blocks in Southampton remain empty?[/p][/quote]I suppose it depends on what the industrial use is. . If its for distribution ( like Tesco ) there is nothing else in the city that has those facilities ...... therefore they have to have purpose built.... Office space would also be required on site and not a couple of miles away . Without seeing the plans i doubt that it will be small industrial units though ... Lone Ranger.
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5:00pm Wed 11 Jun 14

southy says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Babylon51 wrote:
I suppose it's ok that this project was pushed through at the expense of people losing their homes. Shame on the councils for that. Backhander?
Thats very interesting ..... which homes are being lost then ?
Council homes that was originally to be built on this land, but because of the biogas problem it was put on hold for 75 years to let nature do its work.
Is there any one on here that is very good at chemical reaction. like what happens when Chromium and methane gas mix, rusting steel or iron mix with gases, Chromium fumes are deadly it will not effect you right way but later in life it will, Its not the short term health thats is needed to be thought about but the long term in 20 to 60 years time and who will end up paying the computation it will end up on the tax payers laps
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Babylon51[/bold] wrote: I suppose it's ok that this project was pushed through at the expense of people losing their homes. Shame on the councils for that. Backhander?[/p][/quote]Thats very interesting ..... which homes are being lost then ?[/p][/quote]Council homes that was originally to be built on this land, but because of the biogas problem it was put on hold for 75 years to let nature do its work. Is there any one on here that is very good at chemical reaction. like what happens when Chromium and methane gas mix, rusting steel or iron mix with gases, Chromium fumes are deadly it will not effect you right way but later in life it will, Its not the short term health thats is needed to be thought about but the long term in 20 to 60 years time and who will end up paying the computation it will end up on the tax payers laps southy
  • Score: 2

5:08pm Wed 11 Jun 14

motorizer says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Sounds good on paper, but I wonder what the actual thing will be like. If there is such demand for industrial units across the City, why are there so many empty units? Same with offices. If there is such a demand for new office space, why is it so many office blocks in Southampton remain empty?
I suppose it depends on what the industrial use is.
.
If its for distribution ( like Tesco ) there is nothing else in the city that has those facilities ...... therefore they have to have purpose built.... Office space would also be required on site and not a couple of miles away
.
Without seeing the plans i doubt that it will be small industrial units though ...
sounds great if you don't live near the place I guess.... Look up industrial units of 225,000 sq ft and tell me you would like that on YOUR doorstep.

My point is why build it right on peoples doorsteps where the traffic is already horrendous... Its just so typical of the short sightedness that goes with these things.

but then I guess the developers and architects in their swanky London offices don't worry to much .... they know they can just push it through
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Sounds good on paper, but I wonder what the actual thing will be like. If there is such demand for industrial units across the City, why are there so many empty units? Same with offices. If there is such a demand for new office space, why is it so many office blocks in Southampton remain empty?[/p][/quote]I suppose it depends on what the industrial use is. . If its for distribution ( like Tesco ) there is nothing else in the city that has those facilities ...... therefore they have to have purpose built.... Office space would also be required on site and not a couple of miles away . Without seeing the plans i doubt that it will be small industrial units though ...[/p][/quote]sounds great if you don't live near the place I guess.... Look up industrial units of 225,000 sq ft and tell me you would like that on YOUR doorstep. My point is why build it right on peoples doorsteps where the traffic is already horrendous... Its just so typical of the short sightedness that goes with these things. but then I guess the developers and architects in their swanky London offices don't worry to much .... they know they can just push it through motorizer
  • Score: 2

1:31am Thu 12 Jun 14

southy says...

Ah Redbridge Ward Labour Councillors well what your thoughts on the matter, oh right I forgot your all for this shed to go up. And our MP Whitehead is to last time I heard wonder if he having a change of mind.
Come Labour as a whole say what you think.
Ah Redbridge Ward Labour Councillors well what your thoughts on the matter, oh right I forgot your all for this shed to go up. And our MP Whitehead is to last time I heard wonder if he having a change of mind. Come Labour as a whole say what you think. southy
  • Score: 1

6:23pm Thu 12 Jun 14

southy says...

21,371 sq metres = 230 035.5 sq ft
45 Feet = 13.716 Metres

that,s about 5,111.9 sq ft of floor space (1.524 Metres) bit to small for say for some like Tesco's to use as storage/warehouse
21,371 sq metres = 230 035.5 sq ft 45 Feet = 13.716 Metres that,s about 5,111.9 sq ft of floor space (1.524 Metres) bit to small for say for some like Tesco's to use as storage/warehouse southy
  • Score: 0

8:13pm Thu 12 Jun 14

tall pete says...

Wouldn't a park and ride be a more suitable idea? Im surprised they don't want to build a hotel or maybe some flats!
Wouldn't a park and ride be a more suitable idea? Im surprised they don't want to build a hotel or maybe some flats! tall pete
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