Ben Ainslie base bid is a ‘great idea’

An artist's impression of the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters that could be built on the Camber in Old Portsmouth.'BAR is looking to set up a base for its America's Cup for 2015.''Picture drawn up by HGP Architects of Fareham PPP-140425-110809001
An artist's impression of the Ben Ainslie Racing headquarters that could be built on the Camber in Old Portsmouth.'BAR is looking to set up a base for its America's Cup for 2015.''Picture drawn up by HGP Architects of Fareham PPP-140425-110809001
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CONCERNS over an application to set up Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup base in Old Portsmouth will be ironed out ‘as quickly as possible’.

Designs for The Camber site, drawn up by the architect of Spinnaker Tower, are expected to be put out for a public consultation this week.
There have been worries expressed over parking and the ‘bulk’ of the proposed building, according to one of the area’s Portsmouth City Council members.
Councillor Rob Wood, a representative for the St Thomas ward, said he was trying to have concerns resolved as quickly as possible.
‘It is a very exciting thing for the area,’ he said.
‘It will totally put us on the map and turn The Camber back to its traditional use.
‘There are a few issues I am helping people with including the bulk of the building and the parking.
‘I would hope that they could resolve those issues quickly and the planning permission go through as quickly as possible.’
According to Terry Halloran, the planning spokesman for the Friends of Old Portsmouth, the consensus among residents is that it is a ‘great idea’.
‘People are very positive about it. It is going to make much better sense than having a block of flats on it.
‘But you can’t drop such a large building there without there being a few issues.
‘Mainly it is traffic and parking and the effect on businesses that we are concerned about.
‘If we can get the council to address those issues before it goes to the planning committee, we will really want it to go ahead.’
Jackie Baynes, a member of The Portsmouth Society and Old Portsmouth resident, said she was ‘positive’ about the plans.
‘I went to the public exhibition and thought it’s an excellent opportunity for the city. I would like to think the traffic will be managed property during the construction and see more about what will be going on inside.’
Adrian Saunders from the nearby Portsmouth Sailing Club said the club wants to establish links with the team.
‘Portsmouth Sailing Club, Victory Class Sailing Club, First Portsmouth Sea Scouts and the University of Portsmouth are fully supportive of the proposal.’