Hampshire Chamber of Commerce is thrown its weight behind a scheme to regenerate Bartley Wood Business Park in Hook.

XLB Property’s application to Hart District Council in July, 2021, is to demolish office buildings at 260, 270 and 280 Bartley Way and replace them with four commercial buildings totalling 12, 212 sq m and an Aldi foodstore.

The commercial buildings will be split into nine units with a mix of use classes E, B2 and B8 (flexible retail, general industrial and storage and distribution), plus car and cycle parking and a new access to both the commercial units and the Aldi.

The park is currently 70 per cent vacant and, in its support, the chamber’s chief executive Ross McNally stated: “We welcome the investment proposed for this strategic location, which will not only deliver new employment opportunities, but will further support the region’s post-pandemic economic recovery.

“By delivering a broad range of employment uses on the park, with many uses designed to be adaptable and capable of subdivision or amalgamation, the proposals also facilitate future business growth or new business occupation over time, thereby ensuring a more resilient business location.”

As of January 19, more than 40 comments of support have been received for the scheme with 18 objections. One of the objectors is Tesco, which has a store in the town centre.

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