Below are some answers to questions we have been asked about the Enterprise Zone at Daedalus. We will be updating this page regularly.
ABOUT ENTERPRISE ZONES
Q1: What are Enterprise Zones and how will they work?
A1: Enterprise Zones are areas within which businesses can benefit from reduced business rates and other measures to support growth. The Government last year invited Local Enterprise Partnerships to bid for Enterprise Zone status within their areas and Solent LEP was successful. The Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus will become one of only 24 in England.
The Government intends that Enterprise Zones will support local and national economic growth, particularly in relation to the manufacturing sector. Solent LEP is aiming to create around 3,500 jobs within the Solent Enterprise Zone by 2026.
Enterprise Zones will benefit from:
- A 100% business rate discount worth up to £275,000 over a five year period for businesses that move into an Enterprise Zone by 31 March 2015.
- All business rates growth within the zone for a period of at least 25 years will be
retained and used by Local Enterprise Partnerships in conjunction with local authorities
to reinvest in local economic growth.
- A simplified planning regime. Normally this will be by way of a Local Development Order,
a relatively new procedure which sets out which types of development can receive automatic planning consent.
- Government support to ensure superfast broadband is rolled out in Enterprise Zones. This will be achieved through guaranteeing the most supportive environment and, if necessary, public funding.
More information about Enterprise Zones can be found on the Department for Communities and Local Government or the Department for Business, Innovations and Skills websites.
Q2: Can I receive all these benefits in the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus?
A2: The following benefits will be available in connection with this project:
- You will be able to business rate benefits, subject to eligibility.
- The retained business rates will also apply and will initially be ploughed back into development of the Enterprise Zone so that it can reach its full potential. That offers assurance to business who may look for continuity in the development of the Solent Enterprise Zone over the long term
- The simplified planning regime will be delivered an outline planning consent covering more than 1m sq ft of commercial development. Within a year, this will be supported by one or more Local Development Orders which will mean that eligible development will require no planning consent so long as it comes within the scope of the orders.
- Superfast broadband will also apply to the Enterprise Zone. There are discussions
taking place with providers and it would be helpful to know of the broadband requirements of potential customers.
- Capital allowances will not apply to this site, because South Hampshire is not based within an EU-designated Assisted Area. However, there may be assistance available to companies wishing to locate on the Enterprise Zone via a new fund.
For more information about Local Development Orders, read this guidance from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
Q3: Will businesses already on the site be able to take advantage of these benefits?
A3: The Government requires financial benefits (principally business rate relief) to be targeted at key job-creating sectors. In the case of the Solent Enterprise Zone, this will focus on advanced manufacturing, especially in the aerospace and marine industries. The ‘gateway policy' which determines eligibility for the rate relief benefit is still being finalised and we will make this available as soon as it is finalised.
Q4: Who can I speak to about moving onto the Solent Enterprise Zone at Daedalus?
A4: There are various contacts depending upon your query but your best contact if you want to discuss moving onto the Enterprise Zone is Tom Kimbell, Senior Surveyor, Industrial Agency, DTZ, on 0203 296 2078 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We may not be able to offer you space for immediate occupation but over the next few months refurbished premises or plots for development will become available and we can discuss your requirements with you.
All the details of people who are involved in this project are available on contacts section of this website.
ABOUT THE SOLENT ENTERPRISE ZONE
Q5: Where is the Enterprise Zone?
A5: The Enterprise Zone is based in South Hampshire, at an ex-military site previously named HMS Daedalus. It straddles the boundary between Gosport and Fareham. The postcode of existing premises is PO13 9YL/9FL.
Q6: What area does the Solent Enterprise Zone cover at Daedalus?
A6: The Enterprise Zone covers 82 ha in four main areas:
- A mainly greenfield area in the north west of the site, which will shortly have its own dedicated access and could be a secure site for defence industries.
- A greenfield area in the east of the site where we expect serviced plots for
development and potentially new buildings to be provided in the short term. This will
link with a new road access that we propose to develop shortly.
- The gateway zone to the Enterprise Zone around the current Broom Way entrance in
the south east of Daedalus, which will be developed first. Given the prominence of the location, we would like to see high quality development in this area
- A mixed development area in the Gosport waterfront which includes a conservation
area around ex-Royal Navy listed buildings. These will become small offices, residential units and a hotel. Some existing hangars will be refurbished and some new
development will take place.
Q7: What is happening at the Enterprise Zone site at the moment?
A7: The boundaries of the new Enterprise Zone have now been confirmed and the necessary Parliamentary consents are currently being processed to enable this to start in April 2012.
Planning applications to enable work to start on two new entrances to the site have been approved. Contracts to undertake this work have been tendered and we expect contractors to be on site by the end of March.
An outline planning application to deliver more than 1m sq ft of development space around the airfield and the waterfront site, to include new business and employment space, homes and community facilities will be determined by Fareham and Gosport Borough Councils on 29 March.
A delivery strategy will shortly be completed to determine the order in which areas of the Enterprise Zone will be developed. This reflects the need to prioritise investment in a new electricity and water supply and in new road infrastructure.
Contractors will be on-site undertaking the first of the work by April 2012.
Q8: Who owns the Solent Enterprise Zone?
A8: The Enterprise Zone has been awarded by Government to the Solent Local Enterprise Partnership which will be working very closely with the local authorities in South Hampshire, represented by the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH), and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA).
The land is largely owned by the HCA which took responsibility for the site last year from the South East of England Development Agency (SEEDA) as part of a national transfer of assets from England's Regional Development Agencies ahead of their closure in March 2012. The HCA is working with partners to develop the area for the benefit of the local economy.
The HCA has expertise in the management and development of property assets and has experience of working with a wide range of local partners to deliver growth and regeneration.
Q9: When will the Solent Enterprise Zone start?
A9; The Solent EZ officially comes into being on 1 April 2012. The first development work will start on site by then. The partners are committed to bringing land forward for development very quickly and will be working together to achieve this. It is expected that Daedalus will be developed in phases, probably over a 10 year period, which is not unusual for a project of this size.
Q10: How can we be sure that progress will be made at Daedalus after the delays we have seen in the past?
A10: The simple answer to this is that Daedalus is an Enterprise Zone and has priority. Realistically, Daedalus is an ex-military site that requires extensive investment and it won't be transformed overnight but the various partners bring a range of complementary skills and a strong commitment to delivery. The HCA has a strong track record of delivering high quality development on public land, particularly in South Hampshire, where it is involved in a number of important projects with the local authorities under a local Stewardship Agreement.
Q11: How will the Solent EZ be managed?
A11: The HCA as the principal landowners will be managing the site, using property agents. The HCA will be working closely with local partners - including Solent LEP, local authorities, businesses and others.
Q12: Are there other related development sites under the Stewardship Agreement?
A12: There are a number of strategic sites in South Hampshire owned by the HCA and local authorities and many come within a Stewardship Agreement which is a partnership arrangement between PUSH and the HCA. It is a way of creating a portfolio of development projects and prioritising investment to reflect the the needs of local communities. We hope to see this Agreement signed in coming weeks.
Q13: When will work start on the improved access junctions to the Solent Enterprise Zone?
A13: Road access to the main part of the Solent Enterprise Zone at Broom Way is already good but work will be undertaken to create two new routes to the areas currently known as Hangars East and West. The work will be staggered to minimise the traffic impact during construction and will begin no later than April 2012.
THE PLANNING APPLICATIONS
Q14: What is happening with the current planning application and what will this mean for development of the site?
A14: Two planning applications for the proposed redevelopment of the Enterprise Zone, to Fareham Borough Council and a separate application to Gosport Borough Council, were approved on 29 March 2012. These outline applications are for consent covering the airfield and adjacent aviation sites - which are in the Borough of Fareham - and the waterfront site, which is in Gosport. Extensive consultation with local people took place before the applications were submitted.
Q15: What will the planning application deliver?
A15: The planning applications will deliver a development that will provide more than 1m sq ft of new space and include premises for new business, homes, a hotel and community facilities. It is anticipated that more than 3,700 jobs will be created by the Enterprise Zone plus others in the wider Daedalus regeneration area - totalling around 4,100 jobs in all.
The application to Fareham Borough Council provides for:
- Continued airfield operation, hosting flying and associated businesses.
- Up to 21,912 sq m of aviation-related business space at Hangars West.
- Up to 28,290 sq m of leisure aviation floor space at Hangars East.
- A proposed redevelopment of 1,710 sq m in the MARTSU building.
The application to Gosport Borough Council provides for:
- 48,749 sq m of new build employment space.
- 21,242 sq m of employment in refurbished buildings.
- 164 new build homes and 36 refurbished homes.
- 32 sheltered accommodation units in refurbished buildings.
- 1,075 sq m of new build retail.
- 1,839 sq m community uses in refurbished buildings.
- 10,641 sq m of leisure in refurbished buildings.
You can find out more about local planning matters on Fareham and Gosport Councils' websites.
Q16: What about the transport issues?
A16: Creating more jobs and opportunities will help to moderate some of the traffic flow to and from work that currently heads northwards in the morning and southwards in the evening. There will be junction improvements at Peel Common roundabout and Newgate Lane and a new road network within the site which will link into the improved local roads. The new Bus Rapid Transit scheme linking Gosport and Fareham opens shortly and we will be looking at whether it can be linked to the Solent Enterprise Zone to encourage more sustainable modes of transport to reduce levels of car use around the site.
Q17: What will happen to the listed buildings at Daedalus?
A17: There are some distinctive Grade II listed buildings at Daedalus that make up a Conservation Area near the Lee-on-the-Solent waterfront. These will be converted for new uses such as offices, homes and a hotel.
Q18: What is going to happen to the airfield?
A18: The airfield is a key part of the regeneration strategy for the Solent Enterprise Zone. Our intention is that the airfield will be commissioned for commercial and general aviation use and funding is currently being arranged to enable the necessary investment in the runway and airfield management systems to be made.
Q19: Is the hovercraft museum to remain on the site?
A19: Discussions are being held with Gosport Borough Council and the Museum Trust about the long-term future of this facility and we will confirm these details when they are agreed. This will happen after the planning application to develop the site has been determined by Gosport and Fareham Borough Councils.
Q21: Who do I speak to about the site or the Enterprise Zone?
A21: All the details of people who are involved in this project are available on contacts section of this website.