THE development of a new business park will capitalise on the trade the Hindhead Tunnel has brought to the area, officials say.
Portsmouth City Council has submitted plans to turn 33 acres of fields on the outskirts of Leigh Park, Havant, into a business and technology park with offices, units and a hotel with conference facilities which could create up to 2,000 new jobs.
Kathy Wadsworth, director of regeneration at Portsmouth, said: ‘The land the city council owns at Dunsbury Hill Farm has the potential to bring huge economic benefits to the wider Portsmouth area, including hundreds of jobs.
‘This is a great time for this project, because with the opening of the Hindhead Tunnel, access to the area is a lot easier and it will be an even more attractive site for developers.’
The plans have been in the pipeline for years but the outline application is the furthest they have got so far.
The access road to the site will be from Hulbert Road and there will be a bus-only entrance from Woolston Road.
At a development consultation forum in Havant in October the community forums based nearby gave support to the plans.
Comments on the planning application may be submitted to the planning Department at Havant Borough Council by May 18.
A decision will be taken by the end of June. If it is successful a more detailed application will follow.