Gosport Council has posted the following information regarding percieved problems with the paths around Fort Gilkicker:
Is the Council going to apply for a formal right of way over the access road and around the Fort?
As the Council has safeguarded rights of access for members of the public in perpetuity, we do not consider it necessary to apply to make this route a formal right of way. If members of the public wish to make an application for any routes around Fort Gilkicker to become a formal right of way, then they should contact Hampshire County Council, the Rights of Way Authority. It would not be appropriate for the Council to attempt to make this application, as the County would wish to be able to take evidence from those who have first-hand knowledge of the use of the right of way which can be best provided direct by local residents.
What is happening on site?
As the works are being carried out by a private developer, the Council does not necessarily have the latest information about what is happening on site. At present, we have been advised that major works look likely to start in Spring 2018 and in the meantime scrub clearance works within the fenced-off areas will be continuing.
Fencing has been erected on the land surrounding Fort Gilkicker to keep the area undisturbed during the nature conservation work, which will be followed by construction work on the sea defences as part of wider flood protection measures. Once construction at the Fort itself begins, the Council has given permission for the area to the east of the Fort to be used as a work compound. Public access to and around that area may be restricted by the developer at that time, for safety reasons. The fence line may change as the development progresses depending on the requirements at any given time. Gosport Council will keep this under review. The current restrictions are temporary, to allow work necessary for the development. Once the development is complete, full public access around the Fort will resume. At least some of this area will be closed to the public for at least three to four years, as construction progresses.
The Solent Way loops around the south (seaward) and east side of the Fort from Stokes Bay to Fort Road. It's a 'permissive' right of way, which means there's nothing to prevent the landowner, FGDL, from closing it without giving notice or providing a diversion. However, the Council has retained a right of access for the public to the route around the Fort and along Military Road to Fort Road. This right is subject to diversions when required for the development work.
As the access road needs to be raised and widened as part of the development, there will be periods in the future when it will be blocked. Gosport has said that it will continue to work with the developer to keep these periods to a minimum.
Work has begun on the Fort Gilkicker development, starting with the widening and stengthening of the access road, William Jervois Way. This is necessary before heavy equipment can move on to site.
The public are being invited in to see Wild Boar Developments’ early progress on the Grade II-listed site during an open day on April 22 2017. Visit the fortgilkicker.com website for more information and to book a tour.
Andrew Temperton, from Wild Boar Properties Ltd, said: ‘There are no other residential developments in the UK like this one – it is an absolute honour to transform such a historic monument, bring it into the 21st century and create homes for those looking for an exclusive and sporting lifestyle in a unique and tranquil environment.
As a team, we are looking forward to working with our buyers to ensure they have a say in the key elements of design and interiors to suit their personal taste.
‘Fort Gilkicker offers purchasers a chance to put their individual stamp on a piece of British history. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. We are looking forward to welcoming both local and prospective purchasers to give them a backstage pass into the redevelopment and further information on the scheme.’
Posted on 15 Apr 2017
Fort Gilkicker secure once more
Preliminary work is underway to make Fort Gilkicker a secure site once more. A security fence has been erected and the site is to be monitored by a security firm with regular security patrols and CCTV cameras. Holes in the old fencing have been blocked. The conversion of the fort is to commence shortly after a the Ecological Impact Assessment carried out in 20102 has been updated and approved. Also an Archaeological Methodology Statement and supporting Archaeological Impact Assessment must be carried out and approved.
Historic England have confirmed that the proposed conversion and redevelopment of Fort Gilkicker has Scheduled Monument consent.
The work will be monitored by Gosport Borough Council and Historic England ‘to achieve delivery of a quality conversion scheme that both preserves and enhances the significance of the Fort’. ‘It would ensure the long-term preservation of the Fort and secure its removal from the Heritage at Risk Register’.
An independent archaeologist will also be on site as the work progresses. Fort Gilkicker Developments Ltd has bought the site from Fort Gilkicker Properties Limited. The original shareholder of Fort Gilkicker Developments Limited is Abigail Tan Hui Xian who lives in Britain but is from Malaysia. AndrewTemperton, the managing Director of White Boar Properties Limited, (who have been engaged to oversee the project) revealed that the financial backer is Malaysian with interests in property development and hotels and restaurants. The road and some adjacent land has also been purchased allowing the development to proceed.
Posted on 03 Dec 2016
Fort Gilkicker Development news
White Boar Developments Limited have announced that they have agreed a deal with the former land owners to transform Fort Gilkicker into the 22 townhouses and four luxury flats in what will be a £20m project, and hope to complete the project in the next three years Andrew Temperton, managing director of Wild Boar Developments, says that he is very excited about the development going ahead. He said: ‘We have finally got there. ‘It has been a long, hard slog to finally get to this stage and we are very excited. ‘We are probably going to be spending the next six months planning but I hope to be started by the end of next year. ‘It is a fascinating building and people who are looking to invest will get a stunning conservation, a high level of specification, a stunning outlook over the Solent and a piece of history.’
Anglesey ward councillor Alan Scard said: ‘It is brilliant news and I am delighted for them. But I know they will have a lot of work to do.It may take a couple of years to dry out. Now we have established the new owners, we can do something about the people who have been getting in.’
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage said: ‘The new owners have a fantastic opportunity to restore these amazing buildings and bring them back into use. I hope they are able to do so, as this site has the potential to be a great boost for Gosport.’