Opportunity to comment on ‘vision’ for Daedalus Waterfront

By Chief Correspondent Rob Thomas

THE company charged with regenerating the central southern part of Daedalus is in Lee-on-the-Solent today – Saturday, July 16 – to hear people’s views on the proposed redevelopment.

Daedalus Waterfront – the development name of the recently-formed Daedalus Development Company – will be at the Hovercraft Museum on Marine Parade West from 10am to 4 pm.

There is free access to the exhibition which is inside the historic SRN4 Hovercraft and there will be presentations of the company’s vision and proposals at 11am, 1pm and 3pm.

When The Globe reported that Homes England had selected the Daedalus Development Company to carry out the ‘comprehensive regeneration’ there was a lot of comment on social media – much of it focussing on the types of homes that will be built on the site as well as raising questions about specific historic buildings and the slipway.

Shortly afterwards, a spokesperson for the development company told The Globe: “The next stage of the process is to refine our ideas from the competition stage into a proposed design to share with the council and local community.

“This will be the start of a conversation with the local community and we invite anyone interested to come and meet with us at various events planned over the summer.”

Today’s exhibition at the Hovercraft Museum is an opportunity for people to take part in that conversation, not only commenting on the draft proposals but also sharing memories, photographs and souvenirs of HMS Daedalus.

Photograph (top): the Daedalus Waterfront site. Homes England, reproduced with permission.