‘Gosport should have had greater say on power plant plans’

A drawing of the proposed plant
A drawing of the proposed plant

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  • Ward councillors in Lee-on-the-Solent and Peel Common feel residents should have been consulted on plans for interconnector
  • But Fareham council leader Sean Woodward says the details were confidential
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PEOPLE living next to the proposed site for a new power plant feel they should have been consulted before the plans were released.

National Grid is looking to put ‘IFA2’ at Daedalus, which is owned by Fareham Borough Council but located near Lee-on-the-Solent and Peel Common in Gosport.

There are a number of concerns about the centre which will affect people living in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Cllr John Beavis

Ward councillors and residents have said Gosport should have been included on the initial details.

Cllr John Beavis, who represents Lee West, said: ‘There should have been a lot more consultation with Gosport council before the plan was put forward.

‘There are a number of concerns about the centre, which will affect people living in Lee-on-the-Solent.

‘The building is enormous – it is massive. Also when it is up and running there could be considerable noise, especially at night.’

But Cllr Sean Woodward, leader of Fareham council, said it would not have been able to release the details because of confidentiality.

‘The reason Fareham did not consult Gosport is because it is a commercial deal and Fareham is the landlord,’ he said.

‘There are confidentiality clauses that we were bound to with National Grid.

‘We weren’t able to say anything to Gosport without breaking this.’

Peel Common ward councillor Stephen Philpott said he did not know about the interconnector until November 14 when the details were first announced. His ward is next to the proposed site.

Cllr Philpott said: ‘I am disappointed that Fareham did not consult us.

‘I respect they have to stick to confidentiality agreements but Daedalus is an enterprise zone and we have been working as partners to get it up and running. It is disappointing the same could not have been done with IFA2.’

Cllr Philpott added that he had to ask National Grid to put on a public consultation for people living in Peel Common as one had not been planned.

A resident from Lee-on-the-Solent, who did not want to be named, said: ‘This is going to affect us more than the people living in Fareham. We should have been asked out views before this plan was ever released.’

As previously reported in The News, the interconnector would transfer electricity from Europe via more than 120 miles of undersea cables.

Public consultations were held last week in Stubbington, Locks Heath, Warsash and Lee-on-the-Solent for people to see the plans and have their say.