Plans for 101 new homes at Daedalus set to be decided

PLANS The Daedalus site
PLANS The Daedalus site

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PLANS have been revealed for more than 100 homes to be built in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Councillors will next week decide on the proposed development which, if given the go-ahead, will see 101 homes built on the Daedalus site.

Developers Barratt Homes have revealed a mixture of properties will be made available at the former naval base, with flats, terraces, semi-detached and detached homes.

But 14 letters of objection have been written in response to the plans and one of the complainants, William Saville, of Milvil Road, cited traffic congestion as a potential problem.

In his objection letter he wrote: ‘In my opinion, no building should have been allowed on this site, until the road/traffic congestion had been eased.

‘Also we would have wished for land in question to have remained all open space.

‘Whatever happens in the way of building on this land, which is immediately in front of our property, it will alter and affect the quiet amenity of our home.’

The Lee-on-the-Solent Residents’ Association has also expressed its concerns ahead of the plans.

Alison Roast, who is head of the planning committee with the association, said: ‘As the building plans will result in an over-long cul-de-sac we expressed our concerns, as emergency services would experience difficulty getting to houses.

‘Similarly, as the site will result in a large estate area, we were worried about the fact there will only be one road in and one road out of the site.’

The Daedalus site has long been earmarked for more housing.

With the 101 homes planned, 40 per cent will be affordable. The developer plans to build a mix of two, three and four bedroom houses.

Lee East councillor Graham Burgess has welcomed the plans.

He said: ‘The area is in need of affordable and two, three and four bedroom homes.

‘It is something that residents in the area have been aware for a long while.

‘Although with two to three hundred residents moving to the site, there could be some fun and games in the local surgeries.’

Gosport Borough Council planning officers have given their backing to the proposals.

But the final decision rests with councillors on the regulatory board.

They will meet at Gosport town hall from 6pm on January 21.