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Fareham Airfield Developments

Fareham College’s Civil Engineering Training Centre adjacent their existing CEMAST College is up in steelwork and with some roofing in place.

The Innovation Centre. This is dedicated to providing new business with bespoke office and workshop space. It has 15 light-manufacturing workshops and 24 offices. It is already full, no doubt helped by the discounted terms available within the enterprise zone package, so much so that second Innovation Centre is being built to the North of the first block. The demand has led to a second block being added which has recently been completed and in use.

The “Gateway” to the the Airfield, the Enterprise Zone and Waterfront areas. Unfortunately for the residents of Lee it appears the green verges that currently comprise the gateway to ‘Daedalus’ near CEMAST were also part of the airfield package sold to Fareham.  Unsurprisingly it is now up for sale as prime industrial land.  Potential development around this primary entrance and “Green Gateway” to Daedalus is also on the on the roadside into Lee.  Currently the impression of a green and open development could be lost to an industrial conurbation, most likely blighted by cluttered and roadside parking.  While we recognise this sale cannot be vetoed by GBC it is hoped that most rigorous planning controls are exercised, including full implementation of the need for retaining open spaces, a specific requirement stated in the Daedalus outline plan.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency have put a ring of satellite receiver domes on the airfield not far from the present Coastguard Hanger.  The receivers are part of an important update enabling the Coastguard to receive emergency signals from mariners using their own dedicated satellite system, not as currently, signals piggy-backed on commercial networks.