Twenty new homes to be built at old HMS Daedalus site in Lee-on-the-Solent

TWENTY new homes are being built in a new housing development after getting council planning permission.

Monday, 19th October 2020, 1:02 pm

Gosport Borough Council has given the green light for Wates Residential to build an extension to the Daedalus Village project in Lee-on-the-Solent.

The second phase of the development will take the total number of homes up to 220.

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An artist's impression of the proposed redevelopment of HMS Daedalus. Picture: Wates Residential

Development director Kate Ives said: ‘We are delighted to have secured permission from Gosport Borough Council to restore this previously dilapidated corner of the Daedalus Village site and are hugely excited to begin breathing new life into these historically significant buildings so that we can retain the site’s rich military past for future generations.’

Situated next to Solent Airport, Daedalus Village is using some of the old HMS Daedalus land, which has stood vacant for more than two decades after operations ceased in March 1996.

To build 14 of the 20 new houses, which are promised to be ‘high-quality homes’, Wates is rejuvenating what was Wykeham Hall and Frobisher Block.

Wykeham Hall was formerly married quarters for naval officers and served as the headquarters for Coastal Command.

Frobisher Block served as an officers’ mess and sleeping quarters.

Six townhouses will also be built to fill up the 20-home quota, with further landscaping and 34 car parking spaces to follow.

Initial plans for the first 200 homes were approved by Gosport Borough Council in 2016, with Wates Residential vowing to restore the oldest and most historically valuable architectural details of each building such, as sash windows and the original brickwork.

The scheme is set to be completed by spring 2021.

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