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Work starts to transform Daedalus site
WORK has started on a new enterprise zone at a former Hampshire naval base that is set to create up to 3,700 new jobs over the next 14 years.
Just weeks after planning permission was granted to transform the Daedalus site into a major technology and manufacturing hub, work is under way to improve access and bring water and electricity.
About £1.6m is being put up by the Homes and Communities Agency for the first phase or work on the 400-acre site between Stubbing-ton and Lee-on-the-Solent.
Contract-ors are trans-forming the old emergency access point, near Gosport Road, into a permanent entrance with its own junction and access road. Another entrance will be created off Broom Way.
The site was designated as one of 11 enterprise zones around the country by the Government last August.
Businesses that decide to invest there could benefit from discounted rates and guaranteed superfast broadband. It is expected between 38 and 45 businesses will set up there initially, with permission for 164 new homes.
Gary Jeffries, director of the Solent Local Enterprise Part-nership, said: “It is incredibly exciting to see this project beginning to take shape. The work that is taking place now is laying the foundations for a world-class advanced manufacturing centre.”
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