Man defends his Grand Design plan in Gosport

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THE man behind a bold vision to transform a former munitions store into an eco-friendly home has said his plan will mean the building is not lost forever.

Alan Dawes hopes to build a three-bedroom home at the old cordite magazine off Britannia Way, Priddy’s Hard, Gosport.

As reported on Thursday, residents living in the area have objected to the plans over fears nature will be disturbed.

But Mr Dawes, who plans to move with his wife from Kent to Gosport to retire, said: ‘We as owner have a balance the nature and the heritage of the building and ongoing security to look after it.

‘It’s bad planning policy to let the building get derelict. If we’re living there then this would be preserved.

‘There’s no way this is a thin end of the wedge to start building new houses in the area. It would absolutely not be allowed.’

Mr Dawes added that he has previously won an award for conservation work.

It comes as a senior archaeologist has recommended fieldwork and recording should be carried out at the site ahead of any building work.