Gosport MP praises Daedalus success

Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent
Daedalus airfield in Lee-on-the-Solent
Leading WEM Phil Phillips, from Fareham, waves to his wife, Lynne, in the crowd as HMS Liverpool returns home after seven months on duty

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  • Gosport MP praises success of enterprise zone Daedalus
  • More businesses are calling the site home with a quarter of the innovation centre filled in a month
  • The waterfront section in Gosport is also getting interest
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THE success of an enterprise zone has been welcomed as it continues to draw in interest.

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has said she is happy with how Daedalus has grown and called the interest it is getting from businesses ‘incredible’.

The site, which is in Fareham and Gosport, has undergone a huge redevelopment and businesses have been making it their new home.

Ms Dinenage told The News: ‘Daedalus is going really well and the interest it is getting is incredible.

The innovation centre opened by Fareham Borough Council is already a quarter full just a month after opening.

‘The target was to get it a quarter full within the first year.

‘This just shows how great the site is.’

She added Daedalus was a great place for businesses to start out and grow.

‘The innovation centre is a place where businesses start but they can grow as well,’ she said.

‘They can flourish and build on their success.

Daedalus is going really well and the interest it is getting is incredible.

Caroline Dinenage

‘That is key to bringing in the big businesses.’

Most of the Daedalus site falls within the boundaries of Fareham but a section near Lee-on-the-Solent called the waterfront falls under Gosport Borough Council.

At a residents’ meeting in Lee-on-the-Solent on Tuesday, council chief executive Ian Lycett said interest had been expressed for the waterfront section.

He said: ‘The waterfront is a difficult section of Daedalus.

‘The Homes and Communities Agency, which owns the site, has just marketed it.

‘There are three shortlisted companies who are interested in developing the site.

‘Some of the space will be used as residential land but as a council, we want to make it clear it’s all about jobs, jobs, jobs.

‘It is an employment site and that is what the waterfront should be.’