A MULTI-million-pound investment is to be made at an Amesbury business park after calls for more commercial space in the town.

A nine-acre plot at Solstice Park has been bought for £2.45million by The RO Group, with options to build industrial, distribution and trade counter units already in discussion.

The investment comes after the group purchased the KFC and Pizza Hut restaurant buildings on the business park in 2013.

The company said that the deal with Amesbury Property Company was completed following the growth of commercial interest in the area from businesses looking to expand into Wiltshire.

It is planned that the new development will provide a strategic location for businesses wanting to develop their presence and will offer good links to Southampton and the South West.

General manager of RO Real Estate David Kershaw said: “Not only is the Solstice Park site complementary to our existing assets in the area, but it secures an opportunity that will benefit significantly from the South West Expressway infrastructure improvements planned for in the coming years.”

Mr Kershaw added: “In a crowded market we believe that there remains opportunity to be found in regional investment, particularly as businesses look for well located, quality and affordable space.

“The south of England, where much of our strategic focus has been, continues to thrive.

“Bristol for example was just named the top Global Smart City, beating off competitors such as Dubai and New York, and we see significant long-term value and underlying potential in this and our other recent acquisitions.”