Priddy’s Hard

In 1997-9 the Borough oversaw the restoration of the north face of the north wing to the Camber at Priddy’s Hard.

At that time some archaeological work was undertaken but it was recognised that further refurbishment, repair and restoration would make the Camber an excellent visit attraction in its own right as part of the story of the supply of naval ordnance from the late 18th Century to the Falklands War.

The refurbishment of the former street furniture in Priddy’s Hard, of Victorian date, could also be an attractive and important element.

The area has received planning consent for a Phase II development involving around 29 residential units and the conversion of key listed buildings. A further 100 units are to be proposed in the timescale of a HAZ and would benefit from additional input to secure the repair and refurbishment of key landscape elements.

It is also anticipated that as well as 100 residential units, the site could enable employment space; including craft distillery and holiday accommodation, as well as a museum attraction and a pub/restaurant.

Key Facts

April 2019 – March 2024

Increase residential units
Provide employment space

Lead: Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust
Gosport Borough Council
Hampshire County Council
Historic England
National Museum of the Royal Navy
National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF)

National Lottery Heritage Fund, PNBPT

Where are we now?

Portsmouth Naval Base Property Trust own the land at Priddy’s Hard and are developing plans for the last few historic buildings on the site that have not yet been restored.  The HAZ has begun a Conservation Area Appraisal and Management Plan (CAAMP) process to complete the suite of documents that help inform changes and development on the site for all who live and work there.  The CAAMP is funded by Historic England and Gosport Borough Council.

Alan Baxter Ltd was appointed to draft the report.  The draft report public consultation has now concluded and the next stages are to analyse the responses and take the report to GBC’s Regulatory Board for adoption.