The development proposal is mostly non-food retail. Part of one of the proposed units could possibly become a restaurant or a café and one unit is pencilled in for use as either leisure use or again non-food retail. A couple of the units have open space at the rear which is suggested by the plans could be used by a garden centre or similar. The proposed plans do not mention cinema, bowling alley, ice-rink, planetarium or any other specific leisure activity previously suggested by residents.
As only one of the units is proposed for the potential for leisure, it is unclear how a leisure facility would be viable given that most successful retail/leisure parks such as Gunwharf have multiple leisure activities available as well as a good spread of retail choices.
A development consultation forum is scheduled for 22 August at HBC HQ in Havant where the developer will put their proposals forward to councillors and stakeholders; more details about this can be found on Havant Borough Council’s website.