Thousand of new jobs can be expected for the region after plans for the creation of a huge new business hub were given the green light.
Outline planning permission to provide more than 1m sq ft of business space has been granted for the former HMS Daedalus airfield in Stubbington and Lee-on-the-Solent.
Good News for the Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent communities. Any potential for new jobs are always welcome.
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport council, said: ‘We are talking about creating potentially 4,500 jobs from this particular site.
‘What we are being asked is to kick-start the economy again here in Gosport. It’s jobs that are critical.’
4500 jobs is not to be sneezed at. I think the key word we should focus on in that statement is “potentially”. Nowhere do I see the local council publicising that any companies have committed to moving into the area.
There will also be more than 200 homes, some shops, allotments and a 34-acre public open space.
Nobody disputes that we need more homes in this area. More affordable homes. The big problem is where are all the jobs that are needed by the inhabitants of these homes. I refer you back to that word again ….. “potentially” 4500 jobs….
Another factor that might have slipped under the readers radar is a little matter of a new housing development planned for just north of Fareham. There they are planning to create over 7000 homes. The “potential” inhabitants of those properties also have their beady little eyes on jobs in the “The Daedalus enterprise zone”.
Underlying all of this is the total lack of infrastructure to support these plans.
Ian Lycett, chief executive of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘The Daedalus enterprise zone is a vitally important project for Gosport. Not only will it create thousands of jobs for local people, but it will generate improvements to the surrounding infrastructure which will benefit all residents of the peninsula.’
Peter Grimwood, chief executive of Fareham Borough Council, added: ‘This is an important milestone in the development of Daedalus. We have always taken the view that the future of the site depends on the operation of a viable airfield.’
What I see here is, two different councils, each with their eye on the main chance.
Watch your backs !!!
For the moment, the only folks that I see will definitely gain from this is the developers.