Despite huge potential and much interest from the private sector, Dunsbury Park (formerly Dunsbury Hill Farm) had remained out of economic use for more than a decade. Without the necessary investment in providing access, development of the site was not viable.
The Solent LEP has invested £4,540,000 Local Growth Deal Funds in bringing forward a link road to the site which has proved the critical piece of infrastructure to catalyse wider investment and development totalling 67,534m2 of employment-land and the creation of some 3,400 new jobs.
Since the investment, Fat Face has been announced as the first Dunsbury Park tenant, with the outdoor lifestyle clothing brand expanding into a new UK distribution centre at the site.
Dunsbury Park was formally launched in March 2017.
Simon Ratcliffe, infrastructure director at FatFace, said:
For some time we have been exploring options to expand our distribution facilities in order to support the company’s ambitious growth plans. Having considered a number of locations across the UK, we have decided to maintain our commitment to the Havant region. The new site will support our expansion plans whilst allowing us to better serve our customer base. We also look forward to continuing our support for local employment in the Havant area where our excellent staff, which now total 300 people in both Head Office and our existing distribution facilities, continue to drive this business forward.