BAE allowed to redevelop redundant Waterlooville buildings

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HAVANT Borough councillors have agreed a hotel can be built in the borough.

BAE Systems has been given the green light to develop a 60-bedroom hotel, adjoining restaurant, car showroom and drive-through takeaway on the site of redundant buildings at Brambles Farm Industrial Estate in Waterlooville.

Waterloo councillor Ray Bastin told last night’s planning committee he felt there were not enough parking spaces for the car showroom and the site was not suitable for a drive-through restaurant.

He said he recognised the importance of the site and the need to develop it.

But of the drive-through he said: ‘It’s totally the wrong place, on an industrial estate, to have such a building.

‘It will lower the tone of the hotel and probably attract the wrong sort of people.’

But the committee passed the proposal which BAE says will bring around 285 new jobs to the industrial estate, which is off Hambledon Road.

Some of the buildings will be retained by the company.