New Forest District Council cabinet set to approve plan for Totton transformation
TOTTON is set for a town centre transformation to become a "gateway to the Waterside", under plans being drawn up by New Forest District Council.
With 5,000 new homes and 18 hectares of employment land set be delivered across the eastern edge of the district over the next decade, there is a "need for Totton to refine itself", a report said.
Describing the settlement as a "key urban centre", council documents revealed options including shopping areas becoming homes or leisure venues.
The ideas are part of updating NFDC’s Local Plan which sets out where development can take place outside the national park until 2036.
There are also potential multi-million-pound upgrades to the A326, the 1,500-home Fawley Waterside development and the Solent Freeport.
The report, set to be discussed by the ruling Conservative cabinet on Wednesday, said: "Part of this work will be looking at opportunities for increased town centre living as some town centre uses contract.
The administration will decide whether to go ahead with producing an initial plan for "shaping a vision for Totton town centre".
The report added: "Totton town centre is seen as an area of opportunity for regeneration. Shaping a vision for Totton will play a role in informing the next Local Plan."
If approved, a team will be appointed to carry out a public consultation and produce a report with options.
The report explained: "For example, there may be one scenario with an emphasis as Totton town centre as a place for leisure and play, another with emphasis on commerce, and a further scenario with emphasis on returning biodiversity to the area.
"At this stage it will be important that the scenarios take account of the objectives for change and opportunity within the town."
The report did not specify a planning cost, but the council’s recently approved budget set aside over £1m for projects over the next four years, including the development of Totton’s regeneration blueprint.
It said producing a plan would allow NFDC to "better understand" the skills agenda, how to deliver cultural and heritage regeneration, and maximise opportunities.