Above: plan of the new shop and car parking. Reproduced with permission from Millngate
Chief Correspondent Rob Thomas
Plans for an additional retail unit at Brockhurst Gate received unanimous approval at Gosport Borough Council’s Regulatory Board last Wednesday evening.
For developers Millngate Gosport Developments Limited it was the ‘second time of asking’. A previous application for two additional retail units was turned down in January 2020.
The successful proposal was initially for a retail/café unit but the officer’s report noted that this had been changed to one shop with two floors, “solely for the sale of ‘bulky goods’”.
The permission granted by the board comes with 21 conditions, one of which limits the ‘bulky goods’ which can be sold to items, such as furniture and furnishings, DIY, electrical goods, and pet products. This, the officer’s report states, is: “To ensure the retail impact of the development does not have a significant impact on the town centre”.
The new unit will extend along the southern side of the current shops and there will be an additional 16 car parking spaces, two with electric charging points. Six trees will be removed but replaced elsewhere on the site by eight new trees.
To meet the requirements of Historic England for space between the shop and the Fort Brockhurst boundary, the plan is for a narrower unit that is less intrusive and which will provide space for a path alongside.
This expansion of the retail park will, according to the developers, generate additional business rate revenue of £50,000 a year, and 30 full-time and part-time jobs – though no answer was provided when a councillor asked how many would be full-time and how many part-time.