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Daedalus - The Site - Updated August ‘17


The development of the second half of the Daedalus Business Park remains ongoing and new works to provide utilities and service road for Daedalus Phase 2 development are underway making the whole site pretty busy.  This next major phase, will be two housing plots separated by a new business plot. Preparation for this work has required demolition of some of the former Daedalus buildings (neither listed buildings and all outside the “Waterfront” conservation area) work which has caused issues over dust for local residents. The HCA, contractors, local councillors and environmental officers met on site to discuss management of the dust problem.  The mitigating measures agreed to date are…..

It appears these measures have been put in place as well as further tests to ensure the stockpiles of materials (for use in later construction works) do not contain any contaminants that could be hazardous to health.  This second check is in addition to test of the buildings prior to their demolition; tests which did not identify any contaminations at that time.  All these measure should be enforced (or reinforced) under the original development plans.

The Hovercraft Museum remains on site and will be reopening after a short winter break on Saturdays. It now includes Princess Anne one of the SRN4 former cross channel hovercraft.  The museum trustees have negotiated a short term lease on the site, and the SRN4 in the interim, but their future will not be clear until the final phase of the Waterfront Site has been sold.

Fareham’s areas. Following Fareham Borough Council’s (FBC) purchase of the airfield in 2015 its plans and developments are progressing apace and it has published a strategy for the overall development of “Solent Airport Daedalus” which can be found HERE or Google ‘Fareham gov uk business Daedalus vision’.  The credibility of this document with regard to the scale and future of aviation space and remaining open space will be fundamental to the confidence and viability of potential aviation users and investors.  Organisations which meet the Economic Zone (EZ) remit are the already established: CEMAST College offering over 900 students and apprentices engineering skills, particularly in marine, aviation and automobile technology. Equally the Innovation Centre which is dedicated to providing new business with bespoke office and workshop space.  A second innovation centre just to the north of the current one is also planned.  New-build industrial units on the east hangars development site are in the finishing stages and in the same area new Airside Hangars are proposed adjacent to the old North-South runway. All residents will be aware of the construction traffic and road works that these new enterprises create. The recently finished Peel Common roundabout traffic lights were supposed to help the traffic flows but any real traffic capacity improvement will not be realised until the Stubbington by-pass is opened and while planned in outline and funding allocated by central government and Hampshire, a start date has yet to be announced.

Not so much an EZ fit is the recent proposal for a 25mtr high Air Traffic Control Radar to be installed on the airfield not too far from the new entrance. While not an unusual addition to an airfield it is not actually part of the National Air Traffic’s radar network but a spare installation to back up their existing system and as a training facility.  The LRA has sought assurance that the emissions from the radar will not put neighbours at risk particularly as some homes are unusually close. We have been assured that none of the residents of Lee will be ‘irradiated’ and have been offered to witness exposure verification tests when the radar is up and running.  We hope radio and television will also remain unaffected, it is fortunate there are less interaction problems with modern digital equipment but those with remaining analogue devices, mostly radios, could suffer some interference.

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