A MAJOR makeover of a sailing clubhouse has come to a halt as new developers are now needed.
Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club is looking to demolish its current clubhouse and build a new modern, three-storey structure.
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But the development has come to stop as they have parted ways with the developer Evolution.
Eight new flats were also going to be built as part of the plan.
A spokesman from the club said it was remaining optimistic about the plans.
‘We can’t be sure that a developer will come forward, but we are optimistic as always,’ he said.
‘The tendering process is being handled by Eckersley White but we are also looking independently at any contacts that we or other members have.
‘The aim is to secure a developer by the end of the year so that work can start in the spring of 2016.
‘There is a detailed tender pack which specifies exactly what we want in the clubhouse and the terms and conditions on which we will accept a deal – some items are non-negotiable.’
He added that it is important for them to keep the land the clubhouse will be built on and for none of the eight flats to be occupied until the clubhouse is given to them.
‘We will also be working on contingency plans – just in case,’ he added.
Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club received planning permission from Gosport Borough Council in 2013 and hoped to start the works in spring next year.
The plans were met with controversy by residents living next to the site, on Marine Parade East.
They felt the flats would impede on their privacy as they would look down at the surrounding houses.
But the council followed the recommendation of the officers and approved the site.
The club has also recently developed its signal station by expanding the garages and improving the training room.
To celebrate the completion of the works, they held a barbecue for members and their families.