New planning application made for Ford factory site in Swaythling

New planning application made for Ford factory site

New planning application made for Ford factory site

First published in Hampshire Business
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PLANS have been handed in for new work at the site of the former Ford factory in Southampton.

The Transit factory closed last July after four decades of production in the city.

The plant in Swaythling shut its doors for the last time after Ford decided to move production to Turkey.

Now, as part of its plans for a vehicle refurbishment centre on the site, the firm has submitted a planning application to Southampton City Council.

As previously reported, the firm has kept on 134 employees to work at the site in Swaythling, and at a new vehicle distribution centre in the docks, which is up and running.

For the refurbishment centre, the firm wants to use existing buildings at the site, while carrying out alterations and enlarging the vehicle storage area.

A decision on the plans is due by April 27.

Discussions are continuing about the future of the rest of the site, where decommissioning work is continuing.

A spokesman for Ford said: “Ford has conducted studies of the Southampton site covering areas such as environmental remediation, legal and planning matters and future potential uses of the site.

“Employees and contractors continue the work of decommissioning the plant and preparation for redeployment or reuse of equipment.

“It is expected that the site will be secured for employment usage and Ford is in discussions with local authorities and other key stakeholders on the options for their marketing and re-use.”

To mark the end of the plant, the firm donated three of the last Transit vans to roll off the production line to local organisations.

They were handed over to Naomi House, Cedar School and the city council for use by charities and community groups.

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12:12pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Southampton boy says...

So what can a large site like this be used for other then car manufacture of sorts, should Southampton be looking at trying to get land rover down here I hear that they cannot build enough at there plant and they have to transport there cars down to Southampton docks it would make it cheaper for them.
I think Fords would be happy with this as they where the owners for a time and I would be surprise if they have not still not got some shares in Land Rover. Could be a good plan?
So what can a large site like this be used for other then car manufacture of sorts, should Southampton be looking at trying to get land rover down here I hear that they cannot build enough at there plant and they have to transport there cars down to Southampton docks it would make it cheaper for them. I think Fords would be happy with this as they where the owners for a time and I would be surprise if they have not still not got some shares in Land Rover. Could be a good plan? Southampton boy
  • Score: 5

12:17pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Ronnie G says...

Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.
Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site. Ronnie G
  • Score: -2

1:08pm Sat 11 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

Ronnie G wrote:
Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.
Agreed. Although it would be a crying shame because this is the perfect location for industrial/leisure uses. But let's face it despite all it's wonderful potential uses all this 'negotiations' are just for another housing estate. Plus, who'd want to live next to a vehicle refurbishment centre, motorway and airport?
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Although it would be a crying shame because this is the perfect location for industrial/leisure uses. But let's face it despite all it's wonderful potential uses all this 'negotiations' are just for another housing estate. Plus, who'd want to live next to a vehicle refurbishment centre, motorway and airport? 03alpe01
  • Score: 2

1:31pm Sat 11 Jan 14

Bob Barnes says...

I lived opposite the plant for some 18 years, had some problems during Sundays with the noise level & occasional paint spots on the cars.
I met someone from Berkley homes who allways said it would be an ideal location for housing development & a new Airport hotel inclusive of recreation this idea allways appealed to my & my elderley neighbours, now I live in Thailand it's not a big issue, but I stiil keep looking as to what may happen to the site keep up with your comments "mushes" wich I enjoy reading.
Regards to anyone that may know me
I lived opposite the plant for some 18 years, had some problems during Sundays with the noise level & occasional paint spots on the cars. I met someone from Berkley homes who allways said it would be an ideal location for housing development & a new Airport hotel inclusive of recreation this idea allways appealed to my & my elderley neighbours, now I live in Thailand it's not a big issue, but I stiil keep looking as to what may happen to the site keep up with your comments "mushes" wich I enjoy reading. Regards to anyone that may know me Bob Barnes
  • Score: 1

6:25pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Ronnie G says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Ronnie G wrote:
Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.
Agreed. Although it would be a crying shame because this is the perfect location for industrial/leisure uses. But let's face it despite all it's wonderful potential uses all this 'negotiations' are just for another housing estate. Plus, who'd want to live next to a vehicle refurbishment centre, motorway and airport?
I Agree this site should have been kept for industry or Leisure.
The ball started rolling with plans to put a housing development on this site well before Fords shutdown.
Williams & Denham knew what real deal was too...
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Although it would be a crying shame because this is the perfect location for industrial/leisure uses. But let's face it despite all it's wonderful potential uses all this 'negotiations' are just for another housing estate. Plus, who'd want to live next to a vehicle refurbishment centre, motorway and airport?[/p][/quote]I Agree this site should have been kept for industry or Leisure. The ball started rolling with plans to put a housing development on this site well before Fords shutdown. Williams & Denham knew what real deal was too... Ronnie G
  • Score: 0

7:59pm Sun 12 Jan 14

03alpe01 says...

Ronnie G wrote:
03alpe01 wrote:
Ronnie G wrote:
Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.
Agreed. Although it would be a crying shame because this is the perfect location for industrial/leisure uses. But let's face it despite all it's wonderful potential uses all this 'negotiations' are just for another housing estate. Plus, who'd want to live next to a vehicle refurbishment centre, motorway and airport?
I Agree this site should have been kept for industry or Leisure.
The ball started rolling with plans to put a housing development on this site well before Fords shutdown.
Williams & Denham knew what real deal was too...
Or both. Look at Barton Park in Bishopstoke where they've got the indoor go-karting place. This would be the ideal location for a bigger and better one of those (let's face it, the one in Bishopstoke is rubbish), a proper concert arena and dare I say it much talked about ice rink. But let's face it, we're going to end up with about 40 or so acres of 'landmark' housing, that vehicle refurbishment centre and nothing more.
[quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ronnie G[/bold] wrote: Mmm, methinks there is a housing development really intended for this site.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Although it would be a crying shame because this is the perfect location for industrial/leisure uses. But let's face it despite all it's wonderful potential uses all this 'negotiations' are just for another housing estate. Plus, who'd want to live next to a vehicle refurbishment centre, motorway and airport?[/p][/quote]I Agree this site should have been kept for industry or Leisure. The ball started rolling with plans to put a housing development on this site well before Fords shutdown. Williams & Denham knew what real deal was too...[/p][/quote]Or both. Look at Barton Park in Bishopstoke where they've got the indoor go-karting place. This would be the ideal location for a bigger and better one of those (let's face it, the one in Bishopstoke is rubbish), a proper concert arena and dare I say it much talked about ice rink. But let's face it, we're going to end up with about 40 or so acres of 'landmark' housing, that vehicle refurbishment centre and nothing more. 03alpe01
  • Score: 0

9:06pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Park and ride,Southampton needs it (as we've just discovered) and its an ideal location, right by the railway and motorway.And before anyone shouts me down,I don't mean the whole site,its plenty big enough for other worthwhile projects.
Park and ride,Southampton needs it (as we've just discovered) and its an ideal location, right by the railway and motorway.And before anyone shouts me down,I don't mean the whole site,its plenty big enough for other worthwhile projects. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 0

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