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Digital consultation informs Southampton Mayflower regeneration

Words: Huw Morris
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An outline planning application has been submitted for a major mid-use and leisure regeneration scheme in Southampton’s Mayflower Quarter following an extensive digital consultation.

The proposed regeneration of Leisure World, by Sovereign Centros, includes 650 homes, offices, two 150-room hotels, 80 serviced hotel apartments, a relocated cinema, casino, and other leisure uses.

The plans for the site, which sits within the Mayflower Quarter, will be centred on a high-quality public realm, linking a new urban quarter with the wider city, while improving connectivity with the historic waterfront. The proposal aims to be a catalyst for regenerating the Mayflower Quarter.

Nearly 2,500 residents took part in the developer’s digital consultation – introduced in response to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions – which included public webinars and virtual meetings with community and business organisations across the city.

“There has never been such an important time to bring forward regeneration proposals in our regional cities to ensure they can emerge in the strongest possible position post the pandemic crisis,” said Sovereign Centros’ director John Marsh.

“We fully understand the importance of the Leisure World site to the city, its waterfront, and its people. Our proposed development will bring significant investment to Southampton and will look to create a vibrant environment alongside the waterfront with a range of uses for everyone to enjoy.

“While we are disappointed that we could not meet with anyone in person during our public consultation, we have been overwhelmed by the positive, engaged response from the community. The feedback that we have received has been invaluable as we have continued to develop our proposals for the site.”

Southampton City Council is expected to take a decision on the application early next year. If approved, the scheme will be built across four phases, beginning in 2022.
Montagu Evans is advising Sovereign Centros and the scheme has been designed by architects Corstorphine & Wright.

“These proposals are a major investment in the city – the first of three Mayflower Quarter sites to come forward and the most significant application in Southampton for a number of years,” said Montagu Evans partner Julian Stephenson.

“In making this less connected area part of the city once again, we are establishing a wide range of uses here, joining them together in a creative and flexible way, and providing a template for how major urban renewal projects in regional cities can be successfully brought forward.”

Image credit | Sovereign Centros