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Neighbours take up chance to meet the builders behind plan

(l-r) Joe Robinson of Bayntun Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent talking with site manager for Barratt Homes Phil Cripps at the event.

Picture: Sarah Standing (14369-9338)

(l-r) Joe Robinson of Bayntun Drive in Lee-on-the-Solent talking with site manager for Barratt Homes Phil Cripps at the event. Picture: Sarah Standing (14369-9338)

NEIGHBOURS had a chance to meet the builders behind a plan to create 100 homes at the former Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Gosport Borough Council gave the go-ahead last month to proposals to build 101 homes on the naval site.

Developer Barratt Homes will create a mix of properties including flats, terraces, semi-detached and detached homes.

Now that planning approval has been given, the developer held an informal ‘Meet the Builder’ event at St Faith’s Parish Centre in Lee-on-the-Solent on Friday.

Philip Scott, 65, of Richmond Road, went along.

He said: ‘I didn’t go in there with any particular concerns in mind.

‘As I live in Lee-on-the-Solent I have an interest in what is going on there.

‘The plans have already been approved so this was really a public relations exercise by the developers, but most wouldn’t bother, so it was good of them to do so and speak to residents.

‘What was disappointing was the low number of members of the community who went along. You would hope more people would show an interest.’

The Daedalus airfield has long been earmarked for more housing. Of the 101 homes planned, 40 per cent of them will be affordable houses.

The developer plans to build a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes.

When the planning application was made, 14 letters of objection were written by those living nearby, naming potential traffic problems as a major concern.

A spokeswoman for Barratt Homes said: ‘Our “Meet the Builders” evening was a good opportunity to forge closer links with the community as we begin to create new homes in Lee-on-the-Solent.

‘We were able to introduce the build team to local residents and interested parties.

‘A range of matters were discussed and we were delighted to be able to outline how we plan to minimise disruption to local residents while work on the new community is under way.

‘We also reassured residents our plans will retain the landscape to the south of the development.’

 

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