When news happens, text SDE and your photos or videos to 80360. Or contact us by email and phone.
Developers invited to submit ideas for land
INNOVATIVE proposals to transform an undeveloped car park on the edge of Basingstoke town centre are being sought by the borough council.
The 8.3-acre Gresley Road Triangle is being offered for sale by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, with a view to its development transforming the area and enhancing the reputation of the town.
And developers are being challenged to come up with a "visionary" use and design that will change the brownfield site - which is being offered on a freehold basis - into something the town can be proud of.
Councillors are hoping for ideas ranging from business, leisure or retail use through to housing, with developers invited to suggest uses that they believe would best revitalise the site.
The council is keen that the development will be a catalyst for the regeneration of the neighbouring Basing View business area, helping to breathe new life into the commercial heart of the town.
A transformation of the site will also complement the borough's Central Area Vision, a masterplan being put together to guide the development of the town centre over the next 10 to 15 years.
The council is seeking a proposal which will be visionary and complement our exciting aspirations for Basing View and the centre of BasingstokeCouncillor John Leek
Councillor John Leek, the leader of the borough council, said: "The council is seeking a proposal which will be visionary and complement our exciting aspirations for Basing View and the centre of Basingstoke.
"We look forward to considering a range of alternative proposals".
James Leaver, of Knight Frank, the property agent handling the sale, said: "This sale represents an exciting sea change in Basingstoke.
"By offering the freehold of the Gresley Road site, we believe it enables developers to invest in Basingstoke with increased confidence."
A shortlist of developers interested in buying the site will be reported back to the Cabinet in the summer and any development would be subject to planning permission and other necessary consents.