Plans for new homes at Daedalus met with praise and concerns

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RESIDENTS yesterday descended on a church to view plans for more than 100 new homes on the site of former navy base HMS Daedalus.

Barratt Homes hopes to build a mix of one, two, three and four-bed homes at the site, in Lee-on-the-Solent.

Dozens went to see the plans, on display for the first time yesterday at St Faith’s Church.

Gosport council had approved the MoD’s plans to build married quarters on the site but then refused when it asked for more time back in 2011.

Elaine Johnson, 55, of Manor Way, to the immediate south of the proposed development, was with her husband Trevor, 58.

She said: ‘Our main concern, because we live in Manor Way, is that it is quite an exclusive road as far as it’s like a country lane.

‘We’re more concerned about the environmental impact .

‘We don’t want to lose the environment, it’s a wildlife corridor down there.

The developer has already carried out an ecological survey, and aims to retain and strengthen vegetation and grassland to the south and south west of the site.

A two-bed home will cost around £180,000, a three-bed £200,000 and a four-bed £300,000.

There will be 40 affordable homes.

Visitors to the exhibit were keen to find out how new residents will be accessing the site.

Main access will be by Bayntun Drive, with a second restricted acess road to the rest of the Daedalus site via Implacable Road.

New pedestrian and cycle routes onto Manor Way and Milvil Road will be put in to the south.

And the plot will be connected to the footpath that connects Manor Way and Broom Way.

Brian Wakeman, 74, of Cambridge Road in Lee-on-the-Solent said he approved of the plans but was concerned about the impact on the road network.

He said construction should not start until proposed work on Newgate Lane and a Stubbington bypass have been completed.

‘There’s no work available on the Gosport peninsula, everyone has to commute in and out during the rush hour,’ he said.

‘I don’t think any of this construction work should be started until the road improvements are in force.

Julian Jones, the development director at Barratt Homes, said: ‘We’ll try and bend and flex as much as we can.

‘At these sorts of events you often get local knowledge you wouldn’t otherwise glean.’

Pre-application documents have been submitted to Gosport council.