Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Former HMS Daedalus naval base plans on show

HMS Daedalus
Image caption HMS Daedalus was operational until 1996

Residents are being asked their views on the future development of a former Hampshire naval base.

Draft plans for HMS Daedalus in Lee-on-Solent, Hampshire, are on show as part of a public consultation.

The former airfield was operational until 1996 and the plans aim to turn it into a business park for the aviation, manufacturing and marine industries.

The plans are on display at Gosport Borough Council and Gosport Discovery Centre until 4 March.

Asylum centre

In March 2006, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) acquired the base's airfield, amounting to about 106 hectares (about 260 acres), while the South East England Development Agency (Seeda) acquired 82 hectares (about 203 acres) around the airfield.

The plans on display cover 38 hectares of land.

Daedalus, one of the largest brownfield sites in the Solent area, sparked controversy when the government earmarked it for a new asylum centre.

As many as 8,000 people marched in protest at the plans, which would have seen 400 single men housed at Daedalus as their applications were considered.

The plans were scrapped by the Home Office in 2004.

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