Sainsbury has submitted revised plans for the redevelopment of the Portswood bus depot in Southhampton.

The supermarket retailer plans a scheme comprising a 40,000 sq ft foodstore, a medical centre, 140 new homes and a 325-space car park. As part of the plans bus company, FirstGroup, will relocate to a new bus depot in the Town Quay area of Southampton at the end of 2009.

Called in
Southampton City Council resolved to grant consent for Sainsbury’s previous proposals for the site in 2006, but the plans were called in by the Government Office for the South East. After an Inquiry The Secretary of State suggested several revisions, which are taken into account in the new proposals.

The council will determine the application at the end of May. If the plans are approved, the store could be open as early as summer 2010.

Richard Haynes, regional development executive at Sainsbury’s, said: ‘This is a serious investment that demonstrates Sainsbury’s commitment to Southampton. Throughout the process Sainsbury’s has worked well with both the community and local authority, resulting in overwhelming support being shown for the development.’