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Land around Fort Gilkicker - access issues

Last updated 11 Sept 2017 - north-west route around Fort now open

The Council recognises that local people have enjoyed access to the area around Fort Gilkicker for many years, and understands residents' concerns about restrictions to that access.

We hope the information below answers your queries.

If you have more questions, please email us at gilkicker@gosport.gov.uk You can also keep up to date by following the Council on Facebook (@GosportBC) and Twitter (@GosportCouncil)

We'll keep this page updated as the development progresses.

 

Background

The Fort is a popular local landmark as well as an important heritage asset. Planning permission has been granted by the Council for it to be converted into residential accommodation, giving the best possible chance for it to be protected and preserved.

So that the development can go ahead, the owner of the site, Fort Gilkicker Developments Limited (FGDL) has bought the access road (Military Road) from the Council together with the right to use certain areas of Council land around the Fort.  See the map below, which shows who owns which parts of the land. The access road is not a public highway.

As work has now started to develop the Fort, public access to parts of the land around it has been restricted or diverted by the developer. Where possible, the Council is working with FGDL to keep these restrictions to a minimum. But, unfortunately, some disruption will be necessary over the coming months and years as the development progresses. 

For more information on the Fort development you can see the relevant planning documents on this website. They can be viewed under application reference 16/00444/VOC.

Documents relating to the original planning permission for the site can be viewed under reference 08/00423/FULL and also 13/00312/EXT.


 

FAQs

 

1. Why was the access road closed?

The Council sold the access road (Military Road), which forms part of the Solent Way, to FGDL. However, when the council sold the road, it preserved a right for the public to continue to use the route around the north side of the Fort to the bottom of Military Road.  

As part of its planning permission, FGDL must do some nature conservation work in the area before construction starts. It closed part of the access road in connection with this work.

The road and the route around the north-west of the Fort is now open again for residents' use. The route may need to be periodically closed in the future as works to the Fort progress, but the Council will continue to work closely with the developer to keep these closures to a minimum. 

 

2. Why is there fencing to the east of the Fort, blocking off routes through that area?

The developer has put fencing up 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. The Council will keep this under review.  

It's important to emphasise that 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. 

 

3. What about access to the bin that's fenced off?

There's another bin available on the north side of the Fort, by the lagoon and the access road. As this bin is likely to be more heavily used, the Council’s contractors will be emptying it regularly.

If you notice that the bin's full, you can report this to our Streetscene team on 08000 198598.

 

4. What about the Solent Way?

The Solent Way loops around the south (seaward) and east side of the Fort from Stokes Bay to Fort Road (see route below). 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. The Council will continue to work with the developer to keep these periods to a minimum.

 

 

Fort Gilkicker area - land ownership
Fort Gilkicker area - land ownership
HCC definitive map - route of Solent Way
HCC definitive map - route of Solent Way
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