In March 2015, the Council acquired 369 acres of land at Daedalus, mainly comprising the airfield itself and two development areas to the east and west. As part of this acquisition, the Council developed its Vision, together with a series of objectives designed to achieve it.
On 12 October 2015, after extensive engagement with various stakeholders and a two-month period of public consultation, the Council formally adopted its Vision and Outline Strategy for Daedalus, setting out its ambitions for the airfield and the wider development area.
'Our vision is for Daedalus to become a premier location for aviation, aerospace engineering and advanced manufacturing businesses, creating many skilled employment opportunities for local people, underpinned by a vibrant and sustainable airfield.
'Building on the existing general aviation uses, the airfield will be an attractive destination for visiting aircraft and will offer the hangars, facilities and services to attract more corporate and commercial aviation activities, allowing it to be a self-sustaining in the medium term and contribute positively to the local community.'
To date the Council has invested more than £30M in providing industry-leading office and workshop space within the Fareham Innovation Centre as well as bespoke industrial units and new hangars for business and general aviation use, unique to teh south coast.
Employment opportunities for local people have also been created by securing more than 600 jobs of the 3,500 target for the Daedalus-Solent Enterprise Zone.
Our Vision, updated in 2018, provides further details on the story at Daedalus so far and the Council's goals for the coming years.