Councillors have given the green light for Allied Development’s ambitious plans to complete an abandoned development plot with 300 new flats and up to eight restaurants in Ocean Village, Southampton.
Business owners at Ocean Village have welcomed the scheme which includes development of 299 flats, a public square and up to eight restaurants with seating spilling out onto the waterside promenade. Planning permission will be granted subject to legal agreements.
Bosses from marine, leisure, hospitality and construction firms believe the Admiral’s Quay scheme, including a 26-storey apartment tower set to become the city’s tallest building at 260 feet, will breathe much needed life into the beleaguered marina.
It is hoped it will provide Southampton with a waterfront destination to rival neighbouring Portsmouth’s Gunwharf Quays.
Chris Treacher, managing director of Wise Catering, which owns the Mocha Marina coffee shop, said: “Residents and businesses in the marina are very excited about the development. Admiral’s Quay has the potential to become a leading south coast leisure destination.”
Steve Hughes, managing director of Delicious Dining Group, which owns the Banana Wharf Bar and Restaurant, welcomed the prospect of more bars, restaurants and shops.
“I’m sure Ocean Village will once again become the place to meet, drink and eat by the water,” he said.
Edward Pedley, owner of MRL, one of the UK’s leading RIB dealers, said the scheme would make Ocean Village a “far more attractive stop for the boating community”.
Dave Price, the boss of Ocean Village based property developer Dave Price Homes, said: “At long last and after so many false starts you get the feeling that this is really going to happen.”
Allied Developments, part-owned by Carphone Warehouse boss Charles Dunstone, came to the rescue of the boarded-up Admiral’s Quay development plot after builders downed tools nearly four years ago. Just three of a planned row of five blocks of flats and two of up to ten restaurants and bars were built.
Peter Morton, from Allied Developments, promised a “waterfront destination to be proud of”.
Work could begin as early as this summer for construction to be completed for an opening in summer 2014, he said.