Draft ‘sustainable’ plan for Gosport includes 3,500 homes, local retail businesses and a new museum


The Gosport Borough Council (GBC) has released draft proposals for its local plan which it says will create a “sustainable and healthy environment” where “people choose to live and work”.

The plan emphasizes that development should be focused on two areas: the port regeneration area and the Daedalus regeneration area.

The port regeneration area includes Gosport town center, Gosport waterfront and Haslar peninsula. The area includes a number of significant brownfields that were previously used by the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Justice.

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The proposal outlines plans for 440 homes at Gosport Waterfront, 550 new homes in downtown Gosport and 760 homes at Haslar Peninsula.

Since by 2038 it is estimated that almost 30% of people living in Gosport will be over 65, there are also proposals for 305 residential care units. The old Haslar barracks have been allocated to a potential 225 houses, including a veterans village.

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The business component of the proposals aims to create a cultural district with new employment areas. This could include space for local restaurants, cafes and shops.

The council is looking to invest in technology with provisions for more jobs at Haslar Marine Technology Park.

Meanwhile, the development of the Daedalus regeneration area will be mixed use with new jobs, homes and community facilities.

The Gosport Local Plan proposes developments in two key areas.
The council proposes that the Daedalus regeneration area be redeveloped for mixed use with new jobs and community facilities.

This includes a “cultural center” in Seaplane Square with a new museum and public space. The council also proposed that the site have approximately 35,000 m² of work surface.

GBC points out that the borough has the lowest job density in England, with 0.52 jobs per person aged 16 to 64.

This has resulted in high levels of commuting and heavy traffic jams, which the Local Plan will seek to reduce by retaining existing employment areas and creating new jobs.

Further developments could be observed in the Rowner & HMS Sultan regeneration area.

The government has announced that HMS Sultan may be released after 2029, in which case most of the western part of the site will be used for employment.

However, as HMS Sultan is one of the main employers in the district, the council supports its continuation as a training base.

The public is encouraged to provide Feedback on those plans by December 3. The exhibition dates of the draft plan can be found here.

Cllr Graham Burgess, Head of GBC, said: “We need a local plan that reflects a wide range of local voices. Whether you want to support a policy of the plan, oppose something or ask for an amendment, we really love hearing your views.

This is a very important document, outlining what the borough could look like in 2038, and it is important that we all help get it right. “

There will be several consolation rounds throughout 2022-2023 before GBC adopts a local plan in fall 2023.

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