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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 on www.eastleigh.gov.uk/planning-building