Andrew Temperton of Fort Gilkicker Developments Ltd. was reported in the local press today as saying that investors backing the Fort Gilkicker Development have pulled out of the project, leaving him with no choice but to put the fort back up on the market.
Andrew Temperton said: ‘It isn’t my preference - but the investors from Malaysia see it as a very small scheme and don’t want the hassle anymore, so are moving onto other projects.
‘Personally I am very disappointed because everything was geared up and ready to go.
‘My main frustrations are with problems we had with Historic England and that I’m not able to see the project through to the end.
‘I would like to be involved in restoring the fort, and if a buyer comes along that wants me there I would be happy to stay.
Posted on 31 Aug 2018
The developer has agreed to some of the fencing at Fort Gilkicker being temporarily removed. According Mr Temperton of Fort Gilkicker Developments Ltd. work on the development is on hold due to 'a lot of frustration with Historic England at the moment, which has been very obstructive to the development.They have gone back on previous agreements and are getting in the way of the development process. There is ‘no timescale’ for when work will start up again'. The Leader of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Mark Hook, says that the removal is expected to begin immediately. An arrangement has been made for most of the fencing around the site to be taken down while the work is suspended, reopening the land around Gilkicker to the public once again. It will be needed again when the developer resumes preparation work. Some safety fencing will still be needed on-site, to stop access to piles of cleared vegetation, with security fencing also staying to prevent any anti-social behaviour.
Posted on 17 Aug 2018
Gilkicker Right of Way
Gosport Council have issued the following statement on their website.
We have listened to residents' concerns on this. We will lead on getting the various routes around the fort made formal rights of way.
The advice we've had from Hampshire County Council, which oversees rights of way, is that they have a 10-year waiting list for creating footpaths the traditional way – applying to HCC for the paths to be added to the definitive map with evidence of long use. So councillors have decided on other methods.
Where we own the land, we'll enter into an agreement with HCC that would create rights of way. Where we don't own the land, we'll encourage the developer to make a similar agreement. If they were unable or unwilling to do this, we would intervene and make a special public path creation order.
It's important to point out that it's in everyone's interests that the development goes ahead smoothly and is finished as quickly as possible. Creating new rights of way during development work could have a negative effect. So it would be best to arrange for new rights of way to come into effect when the development is finished.
Despite the many surveys and consulations that have necessarily been undertaken by the developer, some local residents have publicly expressed their concerns that 'the animals won’t actually come back when the development is done.There used to be a lot of nesting birds in the low-lying hedges, but now that has gone I don’t think they’ll be returning anytime soon. Some of these birds, like the skylarks, have completely disappeared now and it seems like they won’t be returning.
The developer, Mr. Temperton has replied that there is no cause for concern: ‘I appreciate the fears about the future of the wildlife – in answer to where it has been relocated, it has just been moved to the other side of the fence. As soon as the area is finished with the wildlife will start migrating back over the border again. They are effectively just moving next door, so I believe there’s no significant threat to the future of wildlife at Fort Gilkicker.’
According to the Biodiversity Statement wittten by Dr. Jonty Denton Bsc(Hons) D(Phil) FRES, MIEEM (Consultant Ecologist) : Once re-profiling is complete extensive replanting using native species will be carried out on the earth banks. This will result in a net increase in the area of scrub habitat available to nesting birds. The north faces of the earth mounds will be ideal for gorse and the area between the front (south) elevation of the fort and the earth mound for bramble and scrub. The re-profiling and landscaping of the earth banks provides an opportunity to improve the quality and extent of habitat suitable for species to colonise above levels vulnerable to marine inundation.
Surveys have been undertaken and the issues have been identified and discussed. Although populations of important species are present within the development area mitigation measures will ensure that there is little or no detriment to those species and the Fort will retain its current biodiversity. Where on-site mitigation is not possible, suitable sites will be identified for translocation and suitable strategies employed.
Regarding concerns about the condition of the fencing Mr Temperton said: ‘The issue with the fencing has been mentioned to me by a couple of residents. To my knowledge we have repaired the damage so it’s not of great concern at the moment, and I’ll be inspecting the site myself very soon.'
Work on the site has been on hold for a while but Mr Temperton stated: 'We’re still not ready to start but I will let people know when we are ready to do so'
Read more at: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/our-region/gosport/wildlife-won-t-be-returning-to-fort-gilkicker-say-residents-after-fencing-goes-up-1-8524679
Posted on 07 Jun 2018
Council to seek Gilkicker Rights
Gosport Borough Council is to seek more protection for walking routes around Fort Gilkicker, following calls from residents. Before development work started, the council imposed a covenant that preserves the right for walkers to use a route on FGDL land, along Military Road and around the north-west side of the fort. However, many residents have expressed concerns that more protection is needed for routes regularly used by the public. The council will now work with residents on an application to Hampshire County Council to have two routes officially made into public rights of way.
Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council, said: "We're grateful to the 200 residents who came to the meeting. We listened carefully to what they had to say. "One of the top concerns they had was protecting the paths. We're happy to act on this, and to take the lead on applying for public right of way status for these routes. "To do this, we'll need residents to help by providing evidence about the use of the routes."
The council will seek to have these routes made public rights of way:
part of the Solent Way, running from the west of the fort, along its south side and east side, before joining Military Road and then Fort Road
the route from GAFIRS at the west side of the fort which loops around the north-west of the site, joining Military Road