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Working with Historic England, Gosport Borough Council is pooling the skills and resources of a number of partners to protect the town’s military heritage – from barracks to trenches and green spaces – the HAZ will become an anchor to support the town’s regeneration and ensure a future for these spaces that the whole community can enjoy.
Gosport’s HAZ delivery partners include: Historic England, Defence Infrastructure Organisation, One Public Estate, Hampshire County Council, East Solent Coastal Partnership and the Gosport Society.
Alver Valley Trail
Now designated as a country park, Gosport HAZ is working with Gosport Voluntary Action to look at the Alver Valley Trail as part of their Walking Past project – supported thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
Gosport HAZ is keen to support English Heritage in exploring how they can maximise potential for the fort itself and aim to work closely with them to develop a strategy to bring more activity within the fort and seek regeneration opportunities.
Royal Clarence Yard
Royal Clarence Yard requires a detailed conservation appraisal and management plan. The HAZ project seeks to unlock business potential on the waterfront, helping to manage future development and economic opportunities.
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Immediately south of the Alver Valley Country Park is the extensive World War One trench systems. Gosport HAZ is assisting in on site archaeological survey work and potential for employment and outreach work.
A detailed assessment of Stokes Bay, and a recent characterisation study commissioned by Historic England have highlighted the historic significance of Stokes Bay and the major role it played as part of the Gosport defences.
Gosport HAZ in partnership with Historic England have been carrying out research on the significance of Stokes Bay. Funding for extensive sea defence works has also been timetabled for the next few years.
Daedalus Seaplane Square
Daedalus conservation area is being sold by Homes England. Designated as an enterprise zone, Gosport HAZ is assisting the planning process by championing the historic nature and crucial historic context of the area.
Fort Blockhouse Masterplan
A review of the fort will seek to safeguard numerous heritage assets. The project will provide certainty to developers, increasing the likelihood of realising investment and delivering on the housing and employment space potential.
Gosport Diving Museum
This complex structure includes the original mid-19th century gun battery, late 19th Century and early 20th Century gun emplacements, and a 1980s nuclear bunker! The HAZ is hoping to bring this Grade II* Listed building back into full use.
Gosport Lines are a rare system of 17th to mid-19th Century earthwork defences. The HAZ is exploring opportunities to preserve and enhance the lines which stretch from Bastion No.1 to Priddy’s Hard.
Haslar Barracks Site
The Haslar Barracks site was developed in 1802 as a permanent regimental infantry barracks within a clearly defined boundary wall. The site has been purchased for development, with the potential to create 100-150 residential units.
The Haslar Gunboat Yard is a unique site designed and built for the Royal Navy’s Gunboats from 1856 onwards. The Yard includes two guardhouses (a Police Barracks and a Guardhouse) which are currently undergoing repair and restoration.
In 1997-9 the Borough oversaw the restoration of the north face of the north wing to the Camber at Priddy’s Hard. The area has received planning consent for a Phase II development involving around 29 residential units and the conversion of key listed buildings.
Fort Rowner Study
The Victorian Forts in the Portsmouth Harbour Area are one of the region’s biggest challenges. A viability assessment and feasibility study have been funded with the hope it will provide a valuable benchmark for the wider fortifications in the area.
SETT Feasibility Study
The SETT is a well-known landmark in Gosport and a unique historic feature linked to a key element of submariner training. The HAZ hopes to secure funding to engage relevant specialists to carry out a feasibility study to assess the viability of the structure for future uses.
St George Barracks
St George Barracks were converted for residential purposes in the early 2000s, with a number of historic buildings converted into apartments. A community led project, the residents of St George Barracks South are now seeking funding to restore the Grade II listed railings around the site.