2,307-home Portsmouth regeneration moves ahead

Plans for a 2,370-home regeneration scheme in Hampshire have been boosted following the signing of a land transfer deal between the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Portsmouth City Council which forms part of a 'City Deal' for the area.

Portsmouth: City Deal signed last year
Portsmouth: City Deal signed last year

Contracts have been exchanged for the MoD to transfer two of five sites identified by the council for the Tipner-Horsea Regeneration scheme, which aims to provide 2,370 new homes, and 58,000 square metres of employment space.

The government agreed to transfer the Horsea Island East and the Tipner Firing Range sites for a nominal fee and the sale will be completed following Portsmouth City Council carrying out environmental surveys of the sites.

The land transfer was included in the Southampton and Portsmouth City Deal, signed last year, which is intended to provide more than £950 million of public and private sector investment in Portsmouth and Southampton.

Anna Soubry, the minister for defence personnel, welfare and veterans, said the land transfer would provide the chance to redevelop the land into "much-needed housing and infrastructure for the local community".

Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth Council, added: "The City Deal gives us the means to achieve our ambition of opening up these sites at the gateway to the city.

"With the right transport infrastructure in place we can attract developers to the sites and create much-needed homes and jobs."

Minister for Portsmouth Matthew Hancock said: "The Tipner Ranges-Horsea East transfer we are announcing today is a key part of implementing the City Deal and I did not want any time to be lost.

"The City Deal will play a vital role in bringing investment into the Portsmouth area and creating future jobs."


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