Bargate centre could be demolished

Published:  02 August, 2016

£100m plan to transform Southampton city centre would see the removal of the unit

Plans to transform the former Bargate Shopping Centre in Southampton have been submitted to planners. The £100m scheme, if given the go-ahead, would create 280 jobs and involve the empty 1980s shopping centre being demolished to make way for new shops, cafes and restaurants.

The proposals include plans for apartments and student accommodation, and provide routes through the site connecting the Bargate to Debenhams. The historic town walls, which have been hidden for the past 30 years, will be a key feature of the new development.

James Burchell, on behalf of Bargate Property Ltd said: "We are thrilled that the application has been submitted to Southampton City Council and we are one step closer to realising the potential of this key city centre site.

"The level of interest in the proposals from local stakeholders and residents has been huge and has highlighted how important it is that this site is brought back into positive use. The scheme, which has been lodged with the city council, seeks to create a vibrant neighbourhood."

Councillor Simon Letts, Leader of Southampton City Council said: ďIím delighted to see proposals for the redevelopment of this area of the city submitted; not only will it bring jobs and homes but it will open up a hidden section of the city walls and create a pedestrian link between our great Victorian parks and the Bargate. I hope to see work start on the project next year."

The application will now be reviewed by planner and a decision is expected to be made in the autumn. The submitted plans will be made available on the councilís website for people to view and leave comments.

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