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Daedalus - The Site - updated April ‘19


Work continues on the second half of “Daedalus Park,” opposite the Driving Test Centre with another batch of ‘grey sheds’ in the finishing stages and the Wates homes in both the east and west sites are rising above the perimeter fencing.  So unfortunately is the dust, since the recent dry weather, which has led to the usual complainants.  It is such a pity that Wates, a reputable company with whom we have good relations just cannot seem to get on top if such a simple issue.  Wates have applied to put the usual advertising hoardings for Daedalus Village around the seaward end of Daedalus Drive.  LRA applied to have a condition that these adverts are removed when the market suite is dismantled, otherwise developers tend to leave it up as free ‘advertising’

No sign of Overlord Hangar’s removal or the start of improvements to Dunning Hanger yet, although both have been approved. Although in Fareham’s area the College’s Civil Engineering Training Centre adjacent to the College’s existing CEMAST College as well as IFA2 building are up in steelwork and with some roofing in place.  Crofton Avenue and part of Monks Hill car park and adjacent beach will be cordoned off for installing cable ducts most of the year.

The mitigating measures agreed to are…..

It appears these measures have helped, perhaps along with the wetter winter season but now most of the spoil has been used or removed prior to the housing developments, expected to start by Spring 2018.


The Hovercraft Museum remains on site and has now reopened on Saturdays after winter break with the inclusion of Solent and Isle of Wight Hovercraft trips about once a month.  Cosmetic restoration work on Princess Anne, one of the SRN4 former cross channel hovercraft has started and can be progressed further using some of the parts from Princess Margaret.  The latter is being dismantled by a salvage contractor.  The museum trustees have negotiated a short term lease on the site, including Princess Anne, for the interim, but their future will not be clear until the final phase of the Waterfront Site, the projected Phase 3 development site, yet to be sold, has been decided.

Fareham’s areas. Following Fareham Borough Council’s (FBC) purchase of the airfield in 2015 its plans and developments are progressing apace following a strategy for the overall development of “Solent Airport Daedalus” which can be found at: https://www.fareham.gov.uk/PDF/business/daedalus/vision.pdf or Google ‘Fareham.gov.uk business Daedalus vision’.  The credibility of this document and the scale and future of aviation space and industry will be fundamental to the confidence and viability the Airfield. The Economic Zone offers benefits to businesses particularly in marine, aviation and automobile technology. Organisations which meet the Economic Zone (EZ) remit are the already established: CEMAST College offering over 900 students and apprentices engineering skills.  Equally the Innovation Centre which is dedicated to providing new business with bespoke office and workshop space.  A second innovation centre has recently been completed as the demand soon filled the first facility.

New-build industrial units on the east hangars development site are in the finishing stages and in the same area new Airside Hangars are sited 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.  Bidding and surveys have now started for the £35.7m project.

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