CIVIC chiefs have seen a surge in interest in an city council development from prospective businesses.

Winchester City Council says it has received nearly 50 enquiries about the new units being developed on the site of the former depot in Bishop’s Waltham.

Three news units are being built on the site, in Lower Lane, following a £1 million investment from the council.

Previously, the site was used to store refuse, but has been vacant in recent years despite being considered for a number of development options, including a new fire station and housing.

Portfolio holder for estates and ward councillor for Bishop’s Waltham Cllr Steve Miller said the council was clear in its support for businesses in the town.

He said: “There is a real need for business premises in the southern parishes and providing suitable accommodation is a vital part of our commitment to support business across the district.”

The three units will cover almost 8,000 square feet and the development will include 25 car parking spaces.

Subject to planning approval, the current buildings on the site will be demolished and redeveloped to provide the industrial accommodation.

Former mayor and ward councillor for Bishop’s Waltham Cllr David McLean said: “I am delighted that we are developing these new business premises for Bishop’s Waltham, which will provide new jobs and opportunities for our residents.”

A planning application for the site is likely to be decided on in March.