Q&As

Will the 17 Port and Maritime Regiment RLC remain at Marchwood Port?

Yes, they will remain at the port and the development will support their ongoing operations here.

Does the submission to New Forest District Council in July 2020 mean that a planning application has been submitted?

No, a scoping report has been submitted. This asks New Forest District Council to confirm what environmental impacts – such as noise, ecology or traffic – must be assessed as part of a future planning application. A planning application will not be submitted until after the local community has been consulted, which is expected to take place in the autumn.

How big will the development of the port be?

There will be no expansion to the area of the port. The proposals will be for changes within the current boundary. The site covers 82.8ha of which just over half (46.4ha) is currently operational. Solent Gateway Ltd (SGL) is exploring opportunities to increase its capacity to handle cargo, not its physical footprint.

If the port is being developed, what will it be used for?

It will continue to operate as a port with the import and export of goods, but SGL is looking at how it can increase the capacity of the port to handle more cargo.

Does the development of the port mean that the public will now have access?

No, to ensure safe port operations and support the ongoing activities of the 17 Port and Maritime Regiment, the site will remain secure with no public access.

Is this development part of the Dibden Bay project?

No, this is not part of the Dibden Bay project. Solent Gateway is a different company to Associated British Ports (ABP), who are the owners of Dibden Bay.

How can I make sure I am kept up to date on what is happening?

To ensure you receive updates and information from Solent Gateway, please complete the contact form on the homepage of the website.

I have other questions about the proposed development, how can I get answers to these?

More information is available from our virtual exhibition. Alternatively, if you have questions you can contact the project team by emailing info@solentgatewayconsultation.co.uk or calling 02380 175 295.