THE first Fareham and Gosport residents to lay eyes on plans for HMS Daedalus say they are happy 4,000 jobs could be created – but fear the development could create traffic chaos.
The South East England Development Agency (Seeda) has submitted plans to both Fareham Borough Council and Gosport Borough Council to develop the former military airfield site in Lee-on-the-Solent.
These could bring 4,000 jobs to the area.
And at an exhibition at The Immaculate Conception Church Hall in Bells Lane, Stubbington, yesterday, the public got to see the plans for the first time.
Eunice Stone, 77, from Eric Road in Stubbington, said: ‘Progress is slow. I have been going to meetings about this over a period of time.
‘It’s the best way forward but how many of the jobs will go to local people will be debatable.
‘The main issue here is traffic problems. People will be coming in from outside which is going to be more traffic.’
Kim Brindley, 61, from Conqueror Way in Stubbington, said: ‘There is the need for jobs. But the jobs need to be in the Gosport peninsula because the traffic in and out is going to be a nightmare.’
The proposals include 47,000sq m of business space using existing buildings and creating some new ones.
It would help to provide jobs for the proposed 7,000 new homes in the north of Fareham.
The plans also include 200 homes and 32 units of sheltered accommodation, as well as new and upgraded roads and paths, open storage, parking areas, allotments and a clubhouse.
Councillor Arthur Mandry, from the Daedalus Action Group, said: ‘The object of ensuring Daedalus is used in this way is to improve the employment opportunities, particularly for the people of south Fareham and for Gosport. We can reduce the number of commuters and get good quality employment for people with good quality skills.
‘We are avoiding another housing estate.’
The jobs are likely to be within the aviation and marine-based industries.
Councillor John Beavis, ward councillor for Lee West, added: ‘Overall it’s a very positive thing. The site offers so many opportunities.’
Seeda is holding another chance to view the proposals at the same hall on Wednesday between 5.30pm and 8.30pm. They are also at fareham.gov.uk