February 7, 2018: National Regional Property Group is proposing to regenerate the Fraser Range site in the Eastney area of city, which has fallen into disrepair over recent years and become known as an eyesore.
The site was originally a Royal Naval Gunnery and used by the MoD for various military purposes over the years. More recently it was home to defence firm QinetiQ but after the company’s operations on the site closed down around 10 years ago the area became run-down and a hotbed for anti-social behaviour.
Now, National Regional Property Group hopes to fix the problem and breathe new life into the area by carefully redeveloping the land. It hopes to build 130 much-needed homes, as well as vital sea defences and there will be significant landscaped areas across the site, and a footpath will go along the front of the development, allowing the public access around to the east of Portsea Island and north to Langstone Harbour.
Parts of the military fort remain on the land today, along with some 1950s post-war developments and National Regional Property Group aims to retain the theme of the 1950s architecture which has inspired the project.
A public consultation took place last night and provided the public with their first chance to have a look at the initial plans for the site.
Shaun Adams, chief executive and owner of National Regional Property Group, said: “We were absolutely thrilled with the overwhelmingly positive response to the plans. The coastal footpath in particular proved a popular element and really highlighted how we’ve been careful to ensure the preservation of the views and heritage of the site.
“We fully understand the responsibilities we have to this site as developers. We have taken care in how we manage the flood defences, the coastal path, the ecology and most importantly the heritage asset of Fort Cumberland which sits behind our site.
“It’s taken us two-and-a-half years to get where we are today so this has been a long journey with a lot of effort and thought gone in from the team.”
Feedback from last night’s consultation will now be analysed and used to inform National Regional Property Group’s final plans for the site. These will then be submitted to Portsmouth City Council with the hope of achieving planning permission to start work later this year.
To find out more about the scheme visit www.fraserrange.co.uk
Pictured below: CGIs of what Fraser Range could look like under National Regional Property Group’s proposals