New junction at Daedalus site gets green light despite protests

The plan for a new road into the former HMS Daedalus site has been approved
The plan for a new road into the former HMS Daedalus site has been approved
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A CONTENTIOUS plan for a new road into the former HMS Daedalus site has been approved, despite scores of objections from residents.

The application for a new junction, with traffic signals, and a new road off Stubbington Lane, Lee-on-the-Solent went before Fareham Borough Council’s planning committee yesterday.

More than 70 residents wrote to object to the plan saying they feared the road would attract traffic and endanger safety.

Stubbington Lane resident Chris Hope gave a deputation saying that residents had not been made aware of the application and raising concerns about traffic.

Officers said outline planning permission was given to the Homes and Communities Agency, which is behind the redevelopment, in 2012.

County councillor Chris Wood, who represents Crofton, and Stubbington on Fareham Borough Council, also made a deputation.

He said that as plans for the Stubbington bypass had moved forward considerably in the last year, this should give the council the right to deny the permission.

Cllr Wood said: ‘Since Daedalus was approved there have been significant changes that I believe would make the planning permission unacceptable.’

Ward councillor Tim Knight also spoke. He said a cap would apply to the junction, limiting the amount of traffic to 200 vehicles both ways per day, which if exceeded would trigger action to reroute traffic.

He said this road would be one of four minor southern exits and he supported the junction as Daedalus would become a ‘world class’ site.

The junction and spine road would provide access to the planned regeneration of the waterfront area of the Enterprise Zone, which is an area that focuses on advanced engineering businesses.

It would also access the Innovation Centre, a space for new businesses, and Cemast, a college specialising in engineering, manufacturing and advanced skills.

On the planning committee Arthur Mandry said: ‘Infrastructure is the key to Daedalus.’

The committee voted unanimously to allow the junction to go ahead.

As the road crosses into Gosport, Gosport Borough Council had to decide on the spine road earlier in the week and it raised no objection to the junction.