Hotel plan will be a jobs and apprenticeship boost for town

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COUNCILLORS unanimously backed plans for a hotel and industrial park to be built in the Havant borough.

At a Havant Borough Council meeting last night, the green light was given for provisional plans for the Dunsbury Hill Farm development to go ahead.

As previously reported in The News, the site, which is on the outskirts of Warren Park, Havant, is set to be transformed by Portsmouth City Council – the site’s owners.

It is hoped the development of the 33-acre land will boost the local economy, providing thousands of jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.

All seven councillors on the development committee management board accepted the outline planning permission plan.

Councillor Leah Turner said: ‘This is great news for the borough.

‘It is such a good application that officers have been working on for a long time.

‘There will be a hotel, light industry plus heavy industry brought to the area.

‘All this will provide so many jobs and so many apprenticeship places.

‘It is in a good location, near to the A3(M), and we couldn’t think of any reason to not go with it.

‘Thousands of jobs will be created – both in the construction of the buildings, and then providing work inside them.’

It is not known when work is likely to start, but it is expected to last for around seven years.

Within the outline planning permission, the city council said it will expand the roundabout near to the Asda store in Bedhampton, to cater for the new development.

The plans were submitted by Portsmouth City Council, to Havant Borough Council.

Now that this stage has been approved, more detailed plans will follow.

Cllr Turner added: ‘Portsmouth City Council has offered to enlarge the roundabout and build a much-larger one to give better access.

‘There was one concern raised, that this extension would cause problems, but we have said Hampshire County Council will look into this.’