Questions raised over letter sent to chief executive over land

A computer-generated image of how a former cordite magazine (munition store) will look after it has been transformed into a three-bedroom eco home. The site is located at Britannia Way in Gosport.
A computer-generated image of how a former cordite magazine (munition store) will look after it has been transformed into a three-bedroom eco home. The site is located at Britannia Way in Gosport.
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QUESTIONS have been raised as to why a councillor wrote to the chief executive of the council over land it did not own.

Councillor Rob Hylands wrote to Ian Lycett, at Gosport Borough Council, about the former munitions site, off Britannia Way, questioning why the council had sold the land to developer Alan Dawes.

But the land was sold by previous owners Barratt Homes to Mr Dawes.

Ward councillor Peter Langdon said: ‘I don’t understand why Councillor Hylands would have questioned the council over the sale of the land when the council never owned it.

‘If he had any issues, he should have contacted Barratt Homes.

‘They sold it to Mr Dawes. The council had no involvement in the sale.’

But Cllr Hylands said he wrote to the council about more than that one issue and the other two questions needed to be answered.

He said: ‘From listening to residents, people seem to think the council should be doing more to protect the site. It was a mistake on my part to think the council sold the land.

‘But the chief executive should be able to answer two of my questions including what the council intends to do to ensure that this important site is protected for the future.’

He added: ‘It is slightly confusing to know who has what involvement in the land because it is mentioned in the council’s Local Plan.

‘The council also see it as a non-designated heritage asset so what is the council intending to do to ensure that the current owner complies with his obligations to conserve and enhance this site now?’

Owner Mr Dawes wants to build a three-bedroom Grand Designs-style house on the land but has had his plans rejected by the council and by an inspector after he appealed the decision. He is still hoping to develop the land.

n Yesterday The News stated that the land was sold by the council but it was sold by Barratt Homes. We apologise for the error.