Civic Offices Site Development

Former Civic Offices and Magistrates Court

Page last updated at 21 July 2016 at 15:42

Civic Offices – the story so far

The Council undertook the demolition of its former Civic Offices and the Magistrates buildings which was completed in 2015. The site is split in two by Villeneuve St George’s Way.  

The site is within the urban edge, adjacent to Leigh Road and has been identified as a suitable mixed use employment site by the Council. Due to its proximity to the Motorway and Leigh Road, the site is not considered to be a good one for residential development due to poor environmental quality, being so close to both the M3 and the busiest section of Leigh Road. The council is developing sites for housing and supporting affordable housing at other nearby sites such as Woodside with its Local Plan policy of 35% affordable homes in the.  The council supports not just building homes, but communities too, and this site would not provide a suitable community due to its proximity to the motorway junction.

From the outset the objective was that this site should make a commercial return in order to fund the Council's move to Eastleigh House and deliver a revenue income stream to the Council to underpin front-line services while keeping Council Tax down (as part of the Asset Management Strategy). 

The Council has two main goals in taking this site forward, firstly, to support the regeneration of Eastleigh.  There is a significant requirement for employment uses in the Local Plan. Proximity to the motorway makes this site a particularly valuable site for employment bringing much needed jobs, visitors and prosperity to Eastleigh. The second objective is to make the best return for this site based on its commercial value.  

The Council will retain ownership of the site with any subsequent development providing an ongoing rental income to the council and secure the best return for local taxpayers.  

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Hendy car dealership approved - 19/7/16

Eastleigh Local Area Committee approved a resolution to grant full planning permission for the first phase of the re-development of the old civic offices site on Leigh Road. The planning permission is for a new Hendy car showroom on part of the former magistrates court site and part of the old civic offices site.

The application is for 1.14 hectares of the two hectare site alongside Leigh Road, Eastleigh. It includes provision for the construction of a car dealership comprising three showroom buildings that will be for Mazda, Kia and Honda, car display courtyard on the site frontage and separate sales tent. It also includes proposals for a workshop, rear service yard, car parking, landscaping and access.

Chair of Eastleigh Local Area Committee Cllr Paul Bicknell said, “This is an exciting development that brings more business investment into our borough. The new Hendy car showroom will provide additional jobs and opportunities for local people.” He added, “The Council retains ownership of the site and the business premises will add to the council’s property portfolio that provides a significant rental income to the Council thus helping to keep council tax low, without cutting services, for everyone in the borough"

The Council will expect to receive detailed applications for the remaining elements of the site in the future. Details of the application can be viewed on the council’s planning portal

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A full planning application for a new Hendy car showroom on part of the former magistrates court site and part of the old civic offices site has been received by Eastleigh Borough Council.

The application for a 1.14 hectare site alongside Leigh Road, Eastleigh includes provision for the construction of a car dealership comprising three showroom buildings, car display courtyard on the site frontage and separate sales tent. It also includes proposals for a workshop, rear service yard, car parking, landscaping and access.

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Artist's impression of how site could look

The full planning application was submitted following a resolution to grant outline planning permission by Eastleigh Local Area Committee in May 2016. The outline planning application set out the type of uses that the Council would consider for the site including a car showroom.

Details of the application can be viewed on the council’s planning portal on www.eastleigh.gov.uk/planning-building

The application number is F/16/78623

The earliest date that the application can be considered by Eastleigh Local Area Committee is 19 July 2016.

 

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