Gosport’s Heritage Action Zone Goes Live
Today (11 June) saw the official signing of Gosport’s Heritage Action Zone delivery plan, which sets out what will happen as part of this five-year project.
Gosport is a town on the south coast of England, not far from Portsmouth. In the late 17th century Portsmouth began to grow rapidly - the Navy created a significant demand for beer, meat, bread and other goods. Tradesmen in Gosport supplied some of Portsmouth's needs and as a result, the town grew too.
Gosport is home to a number of naval buildings and places of historic interest. Whilst Gosport is still home to HMS Sultan and a Naval Armament Supply Facility as well as a Helicopter Repair base, many of the historic buildings are derelict and in need of a new use and lease of life.
The Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) will pool the skills and resources of a number of partners to save Gosport’s military heritage – from barracks to trenches and green spaces - using it as an anchor to support the town’s regeneration so that the local community will benefit.
From feasibility studies to place making and public engagement – a number of separate projects will add up to make a big difference to Gosport’s future prosperity.
One project aims to unlock business potential on the waterfront, particularly for marine related industries.
Royal Clarence Yard is where regeneration has been taking place for more than 20 years. It is home to a number of historic buildings dating back to the 17th century.
An assessment will help us to understand the site better and a plan put in place to help manage future development - and above all, helping to facilitate economic opportunities along this exceptional waterfront.
It is hoped that the area will benefit from new signage, information panels on the areas that are rich in history, and a lighting scheme to encourage evening/night time business opportunities.
When the project is complete it is hoped the site will attract inward investment and help to boost tourism.
The HAZ brings together established groups and partnership who share a passion for the potential of Gosport’s heritage. They include:-
- Gosport Borough Council
- Defence Infrastructure Organisation
- Hampshire County Council
- Gosport Society
There will be opportunities to get involved in the Gosport HAZ and to celebrate its naval heritage through events, publications and tours.
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