Coffee shop set to be built on Gosport leisure park

Gosport Leisure Park after the next stage of development

Picture: Gosport Borough Council
Gosport Leisure Park after the next stage of development Picture: Gosport Borough Council
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A RETAIL park is set to get a new coffee shop after a council marketed the land to potential investors.

Gosport Leisure Park, in Forest Way, is already home to a leisure centre, an ice rink, a Premier Inn hotel and The Sailmaker pub.

I have no doubt that there will be a good brand name who moves there.

Cllr Mark Hook

Gosport Borough Council’s economic development board approved plans to market the land in the north east corner of the site, next to The Sailmaker pub and near the A32 at a meeting in June.

It was agreed that it would be for a coffee shop or similar facility to be built – but not a fast food outlet.

After it was discussed in private at an economic development board meeting recently, Councillor Stephen Philpott, chairman of the board, has now confirmed that the council is set to sell the land to Harkalm Investments Limited.

The board unanimously agreed to the decision, although the figure has not bee disclosed.

The coffee shop will be built subject to planning permission.

Following the meeting, Cllr Philpott said: ‘We have sold the land for the purpose of what we marketed the land for.

‘We are happy with the amount we are going to receive.’

Cllr Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘I welcome the investment.

‘It means there will be more employment in Gosport.

‘I have no doubt that there will be a good brand name who moves there.

‘It fits in well to the area with the leisure centre, which has been really popular.

‘I am looking forward to it as it will complete the site.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage is also looking forward to the coffee shop opening in the area.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘The local council have done a wonderful job with the Holbrook site.

‘The old leisure centre was run down but it is now a thriving area with all of the businesses that are there.

Harkalm Investment were unable to comment when The News approached them.

It is unconfirmed what company will move into the building nor when a planning application will be submitted.