Pyestock developers to hold community meetingBy Stephen Lloyd
January 28, 2013
DEVELOPERS behind a massive warehouse scheme between Fleet and Farnborough have invited local representatives to a second community liaison meeting.
The meeting, hosted by Pyestock mega depot developers PRUPIM and Prologis, will be held in Fleet on Tuesday, January 29.
It comes as demolition work is set to start on the site, renamed Hartland Park by the applicant.
Kent-based specialist demolition contractors Brown and Mason has been appointed to carry out the work and a representative will attend the liaison meeting to give details of the demolition programme.
The joint developer held a similar community liaison meeting last July.
Paul Weston, senior vice-president at Prologis, said that at the time, the developer agreed to arrange another meeting following the appointment of the demolition contractor.
He added: “We have invited representatives from the county, district, town and parish councils as well as from campaign group SPLAT (Stop Pyestock bLot Act Today) and we very much hope that the meeting will be a useful forum for discussion.”
The developer has also submitted an application to display two timber mounted, free-standing panel boards advertising the depot site.
One board will be at the roundabout junction with the A327 Summit Avenue in Farnborough and the other at the entrance to Hartland Park, at the junction off Bramshot Road.
In a letter to Hart District Council, agent Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners said outline and detailed planning permission for the redevelopment of the site was granted in September 2009.
It added: “While economic conditions have remained difficult since the grant of the original consent, there are signs of improvement and it remains the case that there is market interest in Hartland Park.
“This interest has increased over the past six months but as yet this has not translated into precise requirements.
“Within this context it is considered appropriate to now increase the marketing efforts to maximise prospects of securing occupier interest at the site, and as typical for such development, an on site presence is considered essential.
“This application for advertisement consent is an important part of the ongoing process of the continued marketing and it is hoped will help raise the profile of the site and secure firm occupier interests.”
Mr Weston explained: “These two boards will be part of a coordinated campaign through which we aim to bring new jobs to Farnborough and Fleet.”
PRUPIM and Prologis have been given more time to implement their controversial proposal, despite objections from residents who said the original application relied on assumptions and surveys that are out of date.
More than 12,000 people objected to the Pyestock scheme, warning it would wipe out the green ‘lung’ between Fleet and Farnborough and create thousands of lorry movements on the area’s already over-stretched roads.
But PRUPIM and Prologis said it would create up to 1,600 jobs and clean up the site.