Plans begin to take off at former Navy airfield at Lee-on-the-Solent

MASTERPLAN The former HMS Daedalus site from the air
MASTERPLAN The former HMS Daedalus site from the air
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A MASTERPLAN for a former navy airfield totalling around £50m has been set out by Fareham Borough Council.

The vision for the Daedalus site, at Lee-on-the-Solent, includes a public viewing gallery, restaurant, pilots’ lounge, new hangars, access roads and upgrading its air traffic control.

It was signed off at yesterday’s executive meeting.

Council leader Sean Woodward said he was ‘excited’ by the plans for the site, which has recently been awarded a Civil Aviation Authority licence meaning scheduled flights can land there.

He said: ‘About 80 per cent of the land at Daedalus falls within Fareham and part of it in Gosport.

‘The whole site has been in the ownership of Fareham Borough Council for a few months now so it is only right that we move forward with a vision for the site, which is going to be very exciting.’

The vision paints an exciting image of our objectives to develop the site, to provide employment and become a centre of excellence for aviation, aerospace and marine business.

Councillor Keith Evans, planning and development chief

Cllr Woodward said that the airfield has recently gained border control to cover the Isle of Man, the Channel Islands and Europe.

He said: ‘This is good news and opens up the possibilities for the site.’

The airfield was decommissioned in 1996 and fell into disrepair until it gained status as one of 24 Enterprise Zones nationally in 2011.

Around £50m has already been spent – resurfacing the runway, building a business centre, opening college Cemast, and putting in new roads and services.

Cllr Woodward said he expects around a further £50m would be spent over the next three years.

Stubbington ward councillor Chris Wood and county councillor Tim Knight both made deputations in support of the plans at the meeting.

Councillor Keith Evans, planning and development chief, said: ‘The vision paints an exciting image of our objectives to develop the site, to provide employment and become a centre of excellence for aviation, aerospace and marine business.’

The council will now be consulting tenants at the airfield before holding a special Community Action Team meeting on a date yet to be announced in Stubbington so that residents can see the plans, ask questions and make comments.

The council hopes to fully adopt the final plans by October.