Gosport council buy grazing land from government for community use

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  • Gosport council buy former sports field site from Homes and Communities Agency
  • The land will be designated as open space and will be for the community
  • Councillors voted unanimously and say it is a good move for the area
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A SECTION of an enterprise zone has been bought to become a new community area.

Land off Manor Way, in Lee-on-the-Solent, will be purchased by Gosport Borough Council and be allocated as ‘open space’.

Having it as open space opens up a lot of opportunities for the area.

Councillor Graham Burgess

The site, worth around £200,000, is owned by the Homes and Communities Agency and is part of the Daedalus Enterprise Zone.

It will be handed to the council for £1 thanks to an agreement made between the council and the HCA to preserve green fields.

The decision to take over the land, which is currently used for grazing but used to be a sports field on the old Daedalus site, was made by the 
council’s economic development board.

Board member Councillor Graham Burgess has been working to get the deal completed.

He said: ‘It is the start of the Daedalus expansion in the part within the Gosport boundary.

‘Fareham has the airfield and we have the industrial buildings, the sports field as well as the houses.

‘We are hoping a developer will come forward and start plans for the field.’

Once the land is sold to the council, potential uses for the site will be prepared and put forward to the community board.

Cllr Burgess, who is also ward councillor for Lee East, added: ‘Having it as open space opens up a lot of opportunities for the area.’

At the meeting, councillors asked what would happen to the horses grazing on the field and were told they would be moved.

Councillor John Beavis, who sits on the economic development board and represents Lee West, said: ‘We have been after this land for a long time so I am happy it is finally coming over to us.

‘It is a brilliant move and is excellent for the people of Lee.’

Councillor Stephen Philpott, chairman of the board, added: ‘It is great to see this site will be designated for community use.’

The item was agreed unanimously by the board.