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Hovercraft at Solent Enterprise Zone

The Homes and Communities Agency is working with partners to find a solution for two SNR4 hovercraft currently based at Solent Enterprise Zone.


The former airbase in South Hampshire is being transformed into the area’s largest employment site. The site is one of 25 enterprise zones set up by government to create tens of thousands of jobs across England.

There are currently two SRN4 hovercraft situated at the waterfront area of the site. This land currently has planning consent in place for a large employment space, which has the potential to bring hundreds of jobs to the local area. Our aim is to develop the land to create much needed homes and jobs, and regenerate the local area; however we take our responsibility to national heritage seriously.

We’re talking to the Hovercraft Museum Trust to find a solution for the hovercraft and have had a positive meeting to discuss details of their proposal to preserve The Princess Anne. Discussions are progressing well and we hope to give more information soon.

Published 1 February 2016
Last updated 12 February 2016 + show all updates
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