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Councillors have welcomed the progress at Hampshire's most significant employment site and are working with partners on long-term plans to unlock more local jobs and investment.
Fareham Borough Council leader Seán Woodward praised the work taking place on the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, where major investment has been made to create new employment and training opportunities and attract new businesses to the site.
The authority is working with Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) on long-term plans to transform the former airbase into a business destination with the potential to create 3,500 new jobs.
Progress being made on key developments includes:
Partners are looking to build on this progress and are considering long-term options for part of the site based within the Borough of Fareham, one of which could include the transfer of parts of the airfield and surrounding plots of land around to Fareham Borough Council.
Executive Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Councillor Seán Woodward, said: The future of the Solent Enterprise Zone and the creation of thousands of high skilled and well paid jobs is a high priority for the Council, and I am very pleased to say that the hard work and significant investment in the site by all of the organisations involved is starting to show some real and tangible evidence of success.
"CEMAST opens for business this week and the innovation centre is rapidly taking shape and the Homes and Communities Agency has been making good progress in developing a master plan for Daedalus West ."
He added: "A range of options are being considered and one of these is for a major part of the site to transfer from the Homes and Communities Agency to Fareham Borough Council. Although there is some way to go with discussions around these options a transfer would represent a very exciting opportunity should it come to fruition. We are still working on the details of these options and more information will be made available in due course."
For more information, contact:
Lindsey Ansell at Fareham Borough Council 01329 824 4567 firstname.lastname@example.org
or Ben Lowndes at the HCA on 07795 013 981 / email@example.com
Notes to editors
The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus, south Hampshire, is one of 24 set up nationally to support local economic and employment growth.
80% of the Daedalus site falls in the Borough of Fareham with 20% lying in Gosport.
It is estimated that around 3,500 jobs will be created within the Enterprise Zone over the life of the zone, turning the area into a destination of choice for advanced manufacturing and technology businesses, especially within the marine, aerospace and aviation sectors.
The Enterprise Zone is led by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils, Hampshire County Council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), which owns the site.
The HCA is the national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England.
For Further Information Contact:
Roy Brown, Customer Engagement Manager, tel: 01329 824409
fax: 01329 821518, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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