The vision is to
transform Daedalus into “a thriving location for the benefit of existing
residents, businesses and the local economy bringing the whole site into
productive use whilst being sensitive to its historical land use, the listed
buildings and the designated conservation area”.
Development will be
in phases. The site is not expected to be fully developed for another 10 years.
The Land ownership is now with Fareham Borough Council for the Airfield site and the Homes & Community Agency (HCA) for the Waterfront site which is in the Borough of Gosport.
Both Fareham and
Gosport Borough Councils unanimously approved outline proposals for Daedalus in
March 2012. The development is expected to bring around 4,000 jobs to the area,
mostly in the marine and aerospace fields. There will also be more than 200 homes,
some shops, allotments and a 34-acre public open space. In April 2015 Fareham Borough Council took ownership of the Airfield site and Control Tower and have announced a draft development plan.
It is hoped that almost 1,200 jobs will be created after plans were
unveiled in Oct 2012 to invest more than £25m of government money into the
creation of a huge business park. Of the £25m, £15m will be used to get 21.6
acres of land ready for the new business units that will be built on the
Daedalus site, as well as 101 new homes, now completed, next to the Married Quarters site.
IFA2 Interconnector Proposal for Daedalus
In Nov 2015 the National Grid announced proposals to build a massive interconnector in the Fareham part of the site
near Peel Common Roundabout. Some 22mtrs high and equal to four football
pitches in ground plan to house the huge inverters and transformers in a fully
controlled environment. This is very concerning to local residents (See news item).
Solent Enterprise Zone (Daedalus) Status
One of only 21
Enterprise Zones nationally, the prestigious status brings with it:
• A 100%
business rate discount worth up to £275,000 over a five year period for
businesses locating on the zone by 31st March 2018
• Access to
In addition, business
rate growth at the zone for a period of 25 years will be retained by the local
area to allow further investment in economic priorities.
The Solent Enterprise
Zone is recognized as a leading location for advanced manufacturing and
engineering business and, as a strategic site for the Solent, significant
investment has been targeted to the Zone.
Solent Local Enterprise Partnership
(LEP) has a published ambition to create over 3,000 new jobs in its LEP area by
2026. To deliver this aspiration, the LEP has prioritised the development of a
sector‐based cluster which can act as a growth
hub to deliver export‐led growth in high value employment.
Solent is already recognised as a leading location for advanced manufacturing
and engineering and is home to 1,750 marine‐related businesses. The marine sector represents around 18% of the
Solent economy, accounts for some 48,000 jobs and contributes £3.6 billion in
GVA and £1.9 billion to GDP.
The main objectives of the Solent Enterprise Zone will therefore be to:
• create 3,000 additional jobs on the EZ by
2026, contributing more than a third of the Solent LEP’s additional jobs
• promote an advanced manufacturing and technology
cluster focused on marine, aviation and aerospace;
• utilise the incremental growth in business rates
to unlock the full potential of this and other Solent employment sites;
• provide a catalyst for the regeneration of
Gosport as it is the least economically viable area in South Hampshire.
Successful delivery of the Solent
Enterprise Zone at Daedalus is a priority for the Solent Local Enterprise
Partnership working with a long list of partners: the South Hampshire local
authorities represented in PUSH; the landowners who are principally Fareham Borough Council and the Homes and
Communities Agency; the education and training sector and a range of other
organisations and individual businesses. HCA and PUSH are all
committed to creating a new employment and growth hub in South Hampshire and to
the teamwork that will make this a success.
A Centre of
Excellence for Engineering, Manufacturing and Advanced Skills Technology (CEMAST) was opened to students in September 2014
and is the new home for the college’s Automotive, Aviation Engineering and Manufacturing
courses. The site will be the central training facility for more than 900 full
time and part time students, and act as the main learning centre for students
in apprenticeship programmes
Innovation Centre at Daedalus
The Daedalus Innovation Centre offers office space and workshop facilities
for new businesses, with a focus on the engineering, aerospace, aviation and
The development is
part of large scale investment at the Enterprise Zone, which includes
improvements to the runway and new hangar space.
Innovation Centre is designed to provide an environment in which new businesses
can be supported to prosper, grow and move on. It will provide today's
entrepreneurs with the business financial and leadership support they need in
order to thrive.
The project aims to create around 150 new jobs.
The runway has recently undergone £1.5M of
improvements to establish the Solent Enterprise Zone as a destination for
aviation and aerospace businesses.The project included resurfacing and relining
the main runway strip, repairs to taxiways and the installation of ducting to
enable the future provision of runway lighting. The work is expected to extend
the lifespan of the airfield and is a step towards improving the offer for
businesses who want to use the airfield, move or expand their operations on the
Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus. It builds on the investment being made in
improvements across the site and demonstrates that the enterprise zone is very
much open for business. The MCA has retained an area on the site, from which it
will continue helicopter and coastal search and rescue operations. The
ownership of the Airfield transferred to Fareham Borough Council in April
2015. The Regional City Airport Management are the Airfield operators on behalf of FBC.
Three triangles of land within the strategic gap
· New access from Gosport Road.
· Aviation & general employment use.
Area off Broom Way & Gosport Road. Site for
possible aviation related business park. Potential uses:-
· Aviation Businesses
· General employment
· Open space & new right of way
Possible Proposals and outline planning permission for the Waterfront for:
48,750 sq m of new build employment space
sq m of employment space in refurbished buildings
· 200 new homes and 36 refurbished homes (including starter homes)
residential care home with 32 units
than 1,000 sq m of new retail
than 1,800 sq m of community use
10,600 sq m of leisure space Access to slipway & potential for Marina?
Mixed Use & Residential.
Pockets of land Manor Way / Stubbington Lane / Sea
Possible sites for residential use. (Except Manor
Way Land now owned by GBC for recreational use)
Transport & Access
Government funding is being used to create a new spine road within the
Enterprise Zone, linking the new main gateway off Broom Way and running
east-west across the southern area at Lee on the Solent. The road will access a string of development
sites to be marketed in the near future, and is essential in underpinning the
comprehensive redevelopment of the Waterfront to create a vibrant new complex
of commercial and leisure businesses and new homes.
Signalisation of Peel
Common & Stubbington roundabouts.
Opening up of most
access points around the site.
Improvments to Newgate
Lane are well underway.
Funding for the proposed Stubbington Bypass has yet to be approved although planning for the road has been approved.
The Hovercraft Museum
The Hovercraft Museum
which uses hangar space and associated outdoor space in Seaplane Square. This
popular attraction is open to the public on a small number of days each year as
well as educational and private tours. A hovercraft museum facility should be
accommodated on the Daedalus site given its historic links with the development
of the hovercraft and the potential complementary role the museum would have
with other leisure facilities on Daedalus and the Borough as a whole. Whilst
the use of existing historic hangar space close to the slipway appears to be an
appropriate location for a Hovercraft Museum other options may be considered. It is likely the one of the large SRN.4 Hovercraft (Princess Anne) will be loaned to the Museum.
The Gosport Local
Plan Review allocates 500 dwellings for the Daedalus site. The MoD has built
148 Married Quarters and 101 houses have been built by Barrett Homes in Seacrest Gardens next to the MQs. The Homes & Community Agency have recently allocated 200 homes to the Government Starter Home Scheme (See news item). All count towards the overall allocation and
consequently there is a remaining 50 dwellings that could be built on the site
including any conversions within the proposed mixed use areas.
In accordance with the Local Plan, in exceptional circumstances it may be appropriate
to include some flexibility and consider a limited higher residential figure in
order to achieve the Council’s key objective of maximising employment
opportunities particularly within the advanced manufacturing, aviation,
aerospace and marine sectors. Developers that propose to exceed the allocated
residential figure will need to provide a clear rationale of why additional
dwellings are required in relation to design and viability considerations. The
Borough Council will require an ‘open book’ approach regarding the proposed
quantum of residential units and a robust justification relating to the
economic benefits of the scheme.
Future Planning Strategy
The Solent Local
Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) gives greater local autonomy over projects such
as Daedalus. The Solent LEP came into being 1 Apr 11. Daedalus Airfield
declared an Enterprise Zone. The
council works out how the business rate relief is applied. If you’re
starting up or relocating to an enterprise zone, you’ll qualify for enterprise
zone relief. You must start up or relocate by March 2018. You can get up to
100% business rate relief for 5 years, up to a maximum of £275,000.Contact the enterprise zone area to find out how to apply. The business rates discount is one of a range of
benefits connected with the Enterprise Zone, which is intended to support local
economic growth and create around 3,000 new jobs on the site by 2026.
From now in light of
EZ potential developers; consider business opportunities.
- FBC took ownership of Airfield site, Conservation area remains as part of the Borough of Gosport.
2016 - Public Consultation on proposal for IFA2 National Grid Interconnector to be built at Daedalus.
2017 - FBC approved plans for IFA2 to be built in Daedalus.
2018 - National Grid commences building work for IFA2 (Expected to be operational by mid-2020)
2018 - Wates Construction submit plans for 200 homes to be built in Daedalus.