Solent Gateway has received planning approval for Marchwood port in Hampshire, UK.

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The development was approved by New Forest District Council, subject to a section 106 agreement. It will modernise Marchwood port’s operations and facilities, while providing improved capability and support to the Ministry of Defence.

The approved plans include the creation of additional hard standing, improved site access with enhanced security facilities, new warehousing, welfare facilities as well as cycle and walking connections.

The improvements will allow a wide range of cargoes and commodities to be transported through the port using its ro-ro and lo-lo facilities, said Solent Gateway. The port is also a tax and Customs site as part of Solent’s freeport bid. It offers sea, rail and road connectivity.

Solent Gateway port director, Richard Parkinson, said: “Our future plans together with the freeport tax and Custom site status, puts Solent Gateway at the forefront of being able to benefit businesses for the long or short term. We have excellent import/export capabilities with supporting storage space and have space to accommodate new businesses that want to develop their own facilities inside a tax and Customs site for import, manufacturing, assembly, storage, export or delivery into the UK.”