Hampshire County Council has agreed to manage the delivery of the new spine road proposed for the Solent Enterprise Zone, unlocking the potential of the waterfront at Daedalus as a prime business location.
In January the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), announced it was awarding £7m to upgrade the waterfront road within the Enterprise Zone, subject to an approved business case.
The conditional award was made following a successful bid by the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and a final decision is expected later in the spring. If funding is confirmed, it will be used to create a new spine road within the Enterprise Zone; linking the new main gateway off Broom Way and running east-west across the southern (Gosport) area of the Enterprise Zone at Lee on the Solent.
Hampshire County Council has agreed to lead the development of the spine road on behalf of the Homes and Communities Agency (as landowner of the Enterprise Zone) and the Solent LEP.
The road will access a string of development sites to be marketed in the near future, and is essential in underpinning the comprehensive redevelopment of the Waterfront to create a vibrant new complex of commercial and leisure businesses and new homes.
Outline planning permission for the Waterfront is sought for:
Cllr Seán Woodward, Executive Member for Economy, Transport and Environment, who agreed the County Council's role as delivery partner, said: "The right infrastructure within, to, and from Daedalus will help to attract investment, supporting the growth of local businesses and creation of around 3,500 jobs for local people.
"It makes absolute sense for Hampshire County Council, with its experience and skills, to manage the delivery of the new Enterprise Zone spine road, which is key to unlocking the Waterfront to redevelopment. We have already started works to improve the access to the Enterprise Zone. This includes improvements being made to Newgate Lane, opening up road access from Gosport Road into the Enterprise Zone and creating a new main gateway to the Enterprise Zone off Broom Way. When completed, this package of infrastructure works will benefit the entire enterprise zone and wider South Hampshire economy."