WORK on an employment and enterprise park development in Havant creating thousands of jobs will start next week.
Portsmouth City Council, the owner of the land at Dunsbury Hill Farm, will start work on the site.
Contractors will begin by clearing trees and rehousing some of the protected wildlife on the site in preparation for road access works.
The council hopes to create 3,500 jobs by developing the 56-acre site, which has been earmarked for employment use.
Director of regeneration for the city council, Kathy Wadsworth, said the plans to develop the land represented a ‘rare opportunity to boost the local economy by creating jobs and generating income for the city’.
She said: ‘This could have a real impact on local employment.
‘We are delighted to be able to announce that work will start soon on such an important scheme.’
Ms Wadsworth went on to say an access road on to the A3(M) needs to be constructed before work to the business park can begin.
She said the work, which will begin on Monday, will be ‘momentous’ as it has taken 10 years to get to this point.
A funding bid worth £18.4m was submitted by Solent Local Enterprise Partnership on behalf of the authority last September and a decision is yet to be made.
Later this year, multi-million pound improvements will also be made to the Asda roundabout at Bedhampton which will also provide a link to the new business park.
Last year, Hampshire County Council was awarded £3.7m of government money to pay for improvements to the roundabout.
An exhibition of the design proposals for traffic improvements at the Asda roundabout will be on display at the Dickinson Centre at Park Community School on June 3 from 4pm to 7pm.
There will also be an exhibition on display in the Havant Plaza from June 4.
Members of the public will have three weeks to submit comments from June 3 to June 24.
Comments will contribute to the design stage before the construction begins.
Copies of the plans and a comments form will be available online.
The main works are expected to start in early autumn and will take up to 14 months.
The Department for Transport awarded £3.7m to help pay for the works.