Hammerson's plans for a development in Southampton city centre have been given outline planning consent.

Southampton City Council awarded the Watermark WestQuay development outline planning permission at its Planning and Rights of Way meeting today.

The scheme on the former Pirelli site in the city includes a retail extension to West Quay shopping centre, a public plaza, hotel, cinema and homes.

Cllr Royston Smith, cabinet member for economic development said: ‘Whilst times may be bleak, we will do all we can to move this remarkable project forward until there is a new jewel in Southampton’s crown.’