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Southampton Ocean Village yacht-shaped hotel gets go-head

Ocean Village
Image caption The hotel at Ocean Village will also include shops, offices and apartments

A landmark £50m waterfront hotel in Southampton has been approved.

Designed by the complex's owners MDL Marinas, the 76-bedroom hotel at Ocean Village will include a Michelin starred restaurant and rooftop champagne bar.

Objections to the plans cited a loss of public open space, over development and a lack of car parking provision.

Shops, offices and apartments are included in the super-yacht design complex's second phase with construction set to start this autumn.

Southampton City Council hopes hundreds of new jobs will be created by the development.

Dawn Baxendale, director of economic development, said: "This is excellent news for Southampton and I congratulate MDL Marinas for getting their planning.

"The scheme demonstrates serious investors believe Southampton represents their future and is a city that is becoming comparable with the best in Europe."

Managing director of MDL Marinas Group, Eamonn Feeney, added: "We're delighted with today's decision which will enable us to deliver the final stage of the master plan for Ocean Village Marina.

"Most importantly, it will create a vibrant waterfront destination for the city."

Previous plans for the complex were put on hold by the economic downturn in 2008.

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