£3m MCA rescue co-ordination centre has planning permission
Planning application for a new co-ordination centre at Daedalus is successful.
Details of the MCA Planning Application which has been approved can be found here
13 August 2010
Gosport Borough Council has granted planning permission for the £3m building.
But the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) now face an anxious wait to see if they will be able to get funding for the building from the government. In the mean time they will continue to rent the existing facility in Marine Parade East in Lee-on-the-Solent.
Coastguard bosses are remaining tight-lipped about a possible start date for construction and say they will know more after they learn the outcome of the government's spending review in October.
The state-of-the-art centre at Daedalus will take 999 calls for the coastguard and be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Margaret Kowalewska, head of the MCA estate, said: 'We got an unanimous approval from the planning committee for construction to commence for the new co-ordination centre.
'The building we are currently in is no longer suitable for the 21st century operations of the organisation and it also needs considerable investment. This new facility will be state-of-the-art.'
A 45m high communications tower will also be put in place as part of the project. The tower will be on land covered by Fareham Borough Council while the main building will be in Gosport Borough Council's territory, as Daedalus is split between the two local authorities.
Ms Kowalewska added: 'It was agreed between the two boroughs that as the primary development was in Gosport they would take the lead, but we consulted Fareham about the tower. All existing staff based at Marine Parade East will have the opportunity to relocate. It's a much bigger building and we are incorporating a number of features so there will be more staff there. The agency now has three years to commence site works.
We are awaiting the outcome of the government's spending review at the end of October and a decision will be made then on a start date. By then we will have a much clearer picture.'