Proposals have been put forward to Havant Borough Council for the development of the BAE site in Waterlooville. This site comprises the land bounded by Elettra Avenue, Silverthorne Way and Hambledon Road.
These proposals include
- 60+ Bedroom Hotel
- Drive Thru Restaurant
- Car Show Room
- Industrial Units
If these proposals go ahead they could bring many benefits to the town, not the least of which would be the employment opportunities.
However, this would also be tempered by the additional industrial traffic that would be required to service the new industrial units at the heart of this proposal.
I have a growing concern that many of the new developments, being proposed for the Waterlooville area, include industrial units but there is no sign of the businesses that are going to take up these new properties. In the meantime there are many existing industrial units that remain empty.
Waterlooville seems set to be swamped with such “opportunities”. One only has to look to the plans for the Dunsbury Hill Farm site.
Havant Borough Council and the developers are always quick to point to the number of jobs that these developments will create. However, they aren’t so quick to highlight that these are “potential” jobs. At no time do you see them parading a list of employers who have committed to move into these new premises.
Of course, in such economic times as ours it is always good to be prepared for the upturn.
And how about the existing Aston Road industrial estate. That could do with a bit of a facelift. It really does look a bit tired now.