Back in January 2015, Waterlooville was shocked and dismayed to learn that the new developer had withdrawn plans for the BAE Leisure Park.
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The leisure park, to be built on the old BAE site just off the Hambledon Road, was going to include:
- Bowling Alley
- Drive-through restaurant
- Health & Fitness Centre
The first sets of new plans for this location have been submitted by the new developer Hargreaves, in summary:
- There is no more Aldi; a Lidl will be built here.
- There will be not one but two drive-thru restaurants; a McDonalds and KFC. a The McDonalds restaurant will have a small childrens play area and a patio.
- There are other buildings which are unnamed.
- The plans contain many small buildings which could be commercial offices or perhaps small shops or industrial units.
Our questions on these plans are:
- Is Cowplain at risk of losing their existing Lidl? Are are two Lidls a few miles apart sustainable?
- Is Cowplain is at risk of losing their existing KFC? Are two KFCs a few miles apart sustainable?
- Why are remaining buildings on the plans unnamed with no function indicated?
Based on these plans, I don’t think this is a leisure park. This looks similar to the Havant Retail Park built by developer Hargreaves, this park comprises of KFC, Aldi, Wickes, Pizza Hutt, Carphone Warehouse etc.
Hargreaves is also the developer here at the Former BAE Systems Technology Park Waterlooville. Will Hargreaves run to the same formula as the Havant Retail Park?
So residents of Waterlooville, do you think you’ll get a Leisure Park or a Retail Park from Hargreaves?
What about the employees of existing Cowplain Lidl, and Cowplain KFC, will they be moving or have they even been consulted?
You can see the partial planning application here and there is also information on how to respond to the plans.