Signed and sealed – Horndean brewery site deal is brokered

PLAN Gales Brewery in Horndean
PLAN Gales Brewery in Horndean

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A NEW agreement on Gales Brewery has been reached which residents hope will finally mean the regeneration of Horndean.

Contracts have been signed between Fuller’s, the owners of the sprawling former brewery site off Portsmouth Road, and Linden Homes.

And it looks as though the development will go ahead along the lines of the previous application agreed by East Hampshire District Council.

There was anger and disbelief after Burton pulled out of the previous deal after two-and-a-half years of negotiations having already secured planning permission for 73 homes, a doctors’ surgery, a care home, a shop and offices on the site.

Parish councillor Terence Port said: ‘I’m certainly pleased that something is happening.

‘After lots of consultation with the previous applicant we ended up with what the majority felt was a reasonable solution.’

The amount Linden will pay for the site has not been revealed but the deal with Burton was thought to be worth around £20m.

Peter Turner, property director at Fuller’s, said: ‘We have every confidence that the new owners will create a development that Horndean can be proud of.’

He said Fuller’s will also make a ‘significant investment’ in the Ship and Bell pub, which it still owns.

Michael O’Brien, Linden Homes’ director of planning and design, said the firm will work closely with the community.

He added: ‘Linden Homes will be moving forward the development of the first phase of the former Gales Brewery site in line with the existing planning permission previously granted by East Hampshire District Council.

‘In terms of new housing, Linden Homes will be developing a total of 60 new open market and 13 affordable homes.

‘Linden Homes is keen to increase its presence in this part of the Hampshire and feels this site presented a great opportunity to develop a scheme which will play a part in regenerating the village.’

The four-and-a-half acre site has been empty for several years.