Hovercraft Museum could be moved as part of site is up for sale

The Hovercraft Museum
The Hovercraft Museum

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PLANS to improve the waterfront site at Daedalus could see a museum relocate.

The Hovercraft Museum, based in the Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent, could move to a different area of the Solent Enterprise Zone if plans for that section can’t house it.

But in Gosport Borough Council’s latest Local Plan is says where possible existing attractions and functions should be accommodated within the site.

The area of land at the site is up for sale from the Homes and Communities Agency.

Companies and organisations have until November 24 to express an interest.

Until plans are proposed, the future of that section of the Solent Enterprise Zone is unknown.

Councillor John Beavis, ward councillor for Lee-on-the-Solent, said: ‘At the moment it is pure speculation.

‘But the museum should consider it might have to move elsewhere within the site.

‘In the Local Plan it says that is an option.

‘But until plans are proposed and bids are put in for the land, we don’t know what is going to happen.

‘Plans could come in which fit the museum in perfectly and it might not have to move but relocation is an option.’

But Warwick Jacobs, a trustee at the museum, said they haven’t been told they might have to move.

‘Gosport Borough Council have told us that they want the museum to remain where it is in Daedalus,’ he said.

‘We have always been told the museum will remain at the site.

‘Obviously we know that is the land is sold we will have to negotiate with the new land owners but we are happy to do that. But it is too early to speculate.’

As previously reported in The News the government gave £7m to improve access to the waterfront site in Lee-on-the-Solent to encourage growth. The spine road will be built early next year and link the main entrance to the waterfront.

But Councillor Sean Woodward, chairman of Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (Push), which looks to deliver sustainable, economic growth for the region, said nothing is certain until the land is sold.

‘Until an expression of interest is given, nothing is certain,’ he said.

‘We have to see who is interested first before decisions are made.’