MDL Marinas, the owners of Mercury Yacht Harbour, are to consult the Hamble community on their draft plans for a “mixed-use regeneration” of the site.
In a press release MDL describe the harbour as an “under-used brownfield” which they say they will improve and enhance “for the benefit of all”.
The site owners plan to leaflet locals with an invitation to attend an exhibition on November 2, from 4pm-9pm at Hamble Village Memorial Hall.
The “Mercury Forward” re-development project has also launched own website today (October 19) at www.mdlmercuryforward.co.uk where residents who can’t make the exhibition can get more information and leave feedback – which will go towards shaping Mercury’s outline planning application which is due to be submitted to Eastleigh Borough Council in 2018.
MDL say the plans for Mercury could provide new affordable housing, holiday lodges; flexible business units; a ‘regenerated’ leisure centre with a restaurant, bar and coffee shop plus new cycle paths and walkways and improved access to Mercury, the Bund and Badnam Creek.
A spokesperson for Mercury Forward said:
“The interests of local people are our priority and we welcome their feedback on our vision. We believe the multi-million pound investment offers a unique opportunity for Hamble and reflects our long standing commitment to the peninsula.”
On their website, Hamble Le Rice Parish Council point out that the site is already included in EBC’s emerging Local Plan and that they will be ‘monitoring’ the development of Mecury’s plans in order to consider how to respond to any potential planning application “to ensure the best interest of the parish”.