HMS Daedalus site to be transformed

Daily Echo: HMS Daedalus site to be transformed HMS Daedalus site to be transformed

PLANNING bosses have given the go-ahead to a major technology and manufacturing hub in Hampshire – set to create nearly 4,000 jobs.

The former HMS Daedalus site between Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent will undergo a huge regeneration. More than a million square feet of employment space could be created on the airfield, with planners expecting to attract around 3,700 new jobs over the next 14 years – mainly in aerospace and marine industries.

Councillors at Fareham Borough Council and Gosport Borough Council both gave their official approval to the plans at two crunch meetings yesterday.

Both councils had to grant outline planning permission for the development as the 400-acre site is split over the boundary between the two.

The site was designated as one of 11 enterprise zones around the country by the Government last August and businesses that decide to invest there could benefit from discounted rates and guaranteed superfast broadband.

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which owns most of the land and is running the project with the Solent Local Enteprise Partnership (LEP) and Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), expects between 38 and 45 businesses to set up there initially.

The outline planning permission also paves the way for 164 new homes, a sheltered housing development and community and leisure facilities.

During the meeting of Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee concerns were raised about the proximity of large manufacturing buildings to homes in Stubbington. It was agreed to limit the height of the closest buildings to nine metres.

Plans were also added to allow for a car park so residents in the village would be able to use it for walking and recreation.

They also imposed a condition that says the site, which is used as an airfield by a variety of flying and gliding clubs and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s helicopter, would be limited to 40,000 flights a year.

Councillors at both Fare-ham and Gosport approved the plans unanimously.

Gary Jeffries, director of the Solent LEP, welcomed the outcome of the meetings. He said: “These decisions are a fantastic result for the local economy and will help to unlock the huge potential this site has.”

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9:55am Fri 30 Mar 12

The Salv says...

Sounds good, hopefully I can get some future contract work here at a handsome rate.
Sounds good, hopefully I can get some future contract work here at a handsome rate. The Salv
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10:19am Fri 30 Mar 12

Brite Spark says...

I can see my house!
I can see my house! Brite Spark
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12:07pm Fri 30 Mar 12

G0Rf says...

roads around there are bad enough already!
roads around there are bad enough already! G0Rf
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12:57pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Stillness says...

So glad that I don't have to use Newgate lane. Just imagine a couple of thousand extra cars on it each day.
So glad that I don't have to use Newgate lane. Just imagine a couple of thousand extra cars on it each day. Stillness
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2:00pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Over the Edge says...

Having worked on the consultation for the this project, I so glad to see it finally getting off the ground.

The old wardroom building will make lovely apartments.
Having worked on the consultation for the this project, I so glad to see it finally getting off the ground. The old wardroom building will make lovely apartments. Over the Edge
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2:11pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Brite Spark says...

Stillness wrote:
So glad that I don't have to use Newgate lane. Just imagine a couple of thousand extra cars on it each day.
Fair point, I'm glad I live on the Park Gate side and not on the awful Gosport Road side.
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: So glad that I don't have to use Newgate lane. Just imagine a couple of thousand extra cars on it each day.[/p][/quote]Fair point, I'm glad I live on the Park Gate side and not on the awful Gosport Road side. Brite Spark
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2:58pm Fri 30 Mar 12

Stillness says...

Brite Spark wrote:
Stillness wrote:
So glad that I don't have to use Newgate lane. Just imagine a couple of thousand extra cars on it each day.
Fair point, I'm glad I live on the Park Gate side and not on the awful Gosport Road side.
Oh my God!!!! That means you live near me. 0(..)0
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: So glad that I don't have to use Newgate lane. Just imagine a couple of thousand extra cars on it each day.[/p][/quote]Fair point, I'm glad I live on the Park Gate side and not on the awful Gosport Road side.[/p][/quote]Oh my God!!!! That means you live near me. 0(..)0 Stillness
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5:09pm Fri 30 Mar 12

MisterGrimsdale says...

Just imagine if the Lee on Solent railway line had never been closed and how useful it would have been as a transport link to this site. Ah well.
Just imagine if the Lee on Solent railway line had never been closed and how useful it would have been as a transport link to this site. Ah well. MisterGrimsdale
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6:45pm Fri 30 Mar 12

SOULJACKER says...

So do you think they will bring the airshow back then :)))
So do you think they will bring the airshow back then :))) SOULJACKER
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12:47pm Sat 31 Mar 12

Poppy22 says...

Great news that the site is to be used but no thought given to the extra traffic, as usual!
How about the housing being offered at discount (or bought by the Council and rented out) to people who'll work on the site, as used to happen in the "old" days (before my time!)?
If something creative like this isn't considered, the traffic will be horrendous wherever you travel from. It's already a nightmare getting to Lee on Solent and back in the rush "hour" (eg all afternoon Fridays!), and many other times, from any direction including Park Gate direction.
If the housing isn't given to people working on site or elsewhere in Lee, it'll just attract more people from outside Hampshire who want to live by the sea or have second homes by the sea!
4000 extra cars in the area - our roads just wouldn't cope, especially now they're also building a huge estate at Titchfield Common/Warsash Road/Hunts Pond Road, which will also attract hordes of people from outside our area (or elsewhere in Hampshire) or "holiday homers".
It will probably be the end of free parking by the sea for us locals who've been going to Lee for years - no doubt there'll be insufficient parking on site for all the residents (they'll meet minimum Government guidelines, and no more) and workers, so they'll overspill along the sea front! You only have to look at Whiteley business park roads to see the impact of insufficient parking and not attracting/retaining enough people from the immediate area to work on the business parks. Most workers travel in daily from 10-100 miles away and public transport/free buses only take a very small proportion of the workers there.
Great news that the site is to be used but no thought given to the extra traffic, as usual! How about the housing being offered at discount (or bought by the Council and rented out) to people who'll work on the site, as used to happen in the "old" days (before my time!)? If something creative like this isn't considered, the traffic will be horrendous wherever you travel from. It's already a nightmare getting to Lee on Solent and back in the rush "hour" (eg all afternoon Fridays!), and many other times, from any direction including Park Gate direction. If the housing isn't given to people working on site or elsewhere in Lee, it'll just attract more people from outside Hampshire who want to live by the sea or have second homes by the sea! 4000 extra cars in the area - our roads just wouldn't cope, especially now they're also building a huge estate at Titchfield Common/Warsash Road/Hunts Pond Road, which will also attract hordes of people from outside our area (or elsewhere in Hampshire) or "holiday homers". It will probably be the end of free parking by the sea for us locals who've been going to Lee for years - no doubt there'll be insufficient parking on site for all the residents (they'll meet minimum Government guidelines, and no more) and workers, so they'll overspill along the sea front! You only have to look at Whiteley business park roads to see the impact of insufficient parking and not attracting/retaining enough people from the immediate area to work on the business parks. Most workers travel in daily from 10-100 miles away and public transport/free buses only take a very small proportion of the workers there. Poppy22
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