Developer Goodman has won approval for its controversial 1.5 million sq ft mixed-use scheme in Andover, Hampshire, after it no longer had an exclusive agreement with retailer Tesco to occupy a proposed mega shed on the site.
Goodman’s proposal for the 125-acre former Andover Airfield still includes a single warehouse building of 900,000 sq ft along with offices and a hotel.
The planning application was approved by Test Valley Borough Council’s planning control committee at a meeting on Monday 1st December.
Jason Harris of Goodman said: “We are delighted with this decision by Test Valley. We are pleased that the members of the committee recognised the strong benefits of the proposal for the local area. We are now keen to begin actively marketing the warehouse, offices and hotel and feel that this strategically located site has a great deal to offer occupiers.”
A spokesperson said the decision to terminate the exclusive Tesco contract demonstrated Goodman’s commitment to the routeing agreement and restrictions which are considered necessary by Test Valley Borough Council to protect local roads.
“Any prospective tenant that seeks to come to our site, will still have the opportunity to take up occupation if they are willing to comply with the planning conditions and legally binding S106 agreement linked to a planning consent.”
The application is subject to the most stringent parameters.
Letting agent is Savills.