Eastleigh Borough Council has acquired the former Budgen’s Supermarket site, located at Upper Northam Road, Hedge End, that also includes the extensive car park area.
The former Budgen’s site was in private ownership and a hostile planning application for a speculative mixed use redevelopment scheme, including 77 residential apartments, was refused planning permission by the Council’s Hedge End, West End & Botley Local Area Committee.
The site including the car park has been derelict for over two years. It has been cleared and cleaned up of the mess that has accumulated and the car park will soon re-open for people using the shops and also as a ‘Park and Stride’ facility for Shamblehurst Primary and Wildern Schools.
The car park will open at 7.30am on Monday 29 October. It will open 7 days a week between 7.30am - 6pm and is free to park.
The Council's Cabinet Lead for Regeneration (South), Cllr Ian Corben, said: “The acquisition of the site is great news for local people as it removes the threat of a wholly inappropriate development proposal. It also presents a vital opportunity to stimulate the redevelopment of Hedge End town centre by acquiring this significant asset.
He added: “However this will not be a quick fix. This is a complex site and will require a comprehensive plan that will take some time to sort out so that we ensure we get the right solution for the future of Hedge End town centre.”