Planners approve proposals to build Sir Ben Ainslie's America's Cup base in Portsmouth

Hopes to bring Sir Ben Ainslie's sailing base it city suffer huge blow

Hopes to bring Sir Ben Ainslie's sailing base it city suffer huge blow

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PLANS to build Sir Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup base in Southampton have suffered a blow after plans host it in Portsmouth were approved today.

Councillors at Portsmouth City Council unanimously approved proposals to build the multi-million pound facility at Camber Dock in Old Portsmouth.

It comes as council leaders in Southampton wrote to the Olympic sailing legend about his plans for the base.

Planning permission for a boat-building facility at the former Vosper Thornycroft site at Centenary Quay in Woolston has been granted and civic chiefs in Southampton contacted Sir Ben to remind him the city already has what he needs to get to work.

The new base could have brought 1,000 jobs to the city, according to a report by Sir Ben.

However their efforts were dashed today as Portsmouth planners approved proposals.

As reported, hundreds of people packed into Portsmouth Cathedral on Monday to listen to Sir Ben present his plans.

Seventy-one objects were made to the planning application for the site in Portsmouth, many from residents living near to the proposed site saying they felt they have been railroaded through.

Sir Ben previously said he if was unable to set up the base in Portsmouth, he would consider the Woolston site.

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7:23pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Buddy SFC says...

Errrrrrrrr drrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sadly that's because Southampton has built a block of flats on the venue !! Like everywhere else in Town!!!

I may hate PFC but their council are so far ahead of Southampton's, it's a sad reflection that the City that had the 'Round the World' and the ''Tall Ships' has sold it's Residents all the way down Southampton Water !!

I say again I would love an investigation by a 'National Paper' on how many councillors have multiple homes home and abroad and how they came to get them ???

P.S Where's our Ice Rink ?
Errrrrrrrr drrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sadly that's because Southampton has built a block of flats on the venue !! Like everywhere else in Town!!! I may hate PFC but their council are so far ahead of Southampton's, it's a sad reflection that the City that had the 'Round the World' and the ''Tall Ships' has sold it's Residents all the way down Southampton Water !! I say again I would love an investigation by a 'National Paper' on how many councillors have multiple homes home and abroad and how they came to get them ??? P.S Where's our Ice Rink ? Buddy SFC
  • Score: 9

8:49pm Wed 18 Jun 14

bbirty says...

Portsmouth was always the preferred site, Southampton haven't exactly suffered a huge blow, the only way they'd have got it is if Pompey had refused consent which was always unlikely after the recent demise of shipbuilding there.
Portsmouth was always the preferred site, Southampton haven't exactly suffered a huge blow, the only way they'd have got it is if Pompey had refused consent which was always unlikely after the recent demise of shipbuilding there. bbirty
  • Score: 2

9:03pm Wed 18 Jun 14

loosehead says...

When ever he talks he goes on about Southampton being his home so why didn't he enquire here first?
When ever he talks he goes on about Southampton being his home so why didn't he enquire here first? loosehead
  • Score: -1

9:40pm Wed 18 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

Buddy SFC wrote:
Errrrrrrrr drrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sadly that's because Southampton has built a block of flats on the venue !! Like everywhere else in Town!!!

I may hate PFC but their council are so far ahead of Southampton's, it's a sad reflection that the City that had the 'Round the World' and the ''Tall Ships' has sold it's Residents all the way down Southampton Water !!

I say again I would love an investigation by a 'National Paper' on how many councillors have multiple homes home and abroad and how they came to get them ???

P.S Where's our Ice Rink ?
Spot on.
[quote][p][bold]Buddy SFC[/bold] wrote: Errrrrrrrr drrrrrrrrrrrrrrr Sadly that's because Southampton has built a block of flats on the venue !! Like everywhere else in Town!!! I may hate PFC but their council are so far ahead of Southampton's, it's a sad reflection that the City that had the 'Round the World' and the ''Tall Ships' has sold it's Residents all the way down Southampton Water !! I say again I would love an investigation by a 'National Paper' on how many councillors have multiple homes home and abroad and how they came to get them ??? P.S Where's our Ice Rink ?[/p][/quote]Spot on. 03alpe01
  • Score: -1

10:58pm Wed 18 Jun 14

03alpe01 says...

loosehead wrote:
When ever he talks he goes on about Southampton being his home so why didn't he enquire here first?
probably because he knew they'd try and scupper his plans in aid of blocks of flats!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: When ever he talks he goes on about Southampton being his home so why didn't he enquire here first?[/p][/quote]probably because he knew they'd try and scupper his plans in aid of blocks of flats! 03alpe01
  • Score: 1

11:52pm Wed 18 Jun 14

southy says...

Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where
Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where southy
  • Score: 1

6:08am Thu 19 Jun 14

loosehead says...

southy wrote:
Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where
exactly how do you know that?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where[/p][/quote]exactly how do you know that? loosehead
  • Score: -1

10:59am Thu 19 Jun 14

Smartiepants says...

Who the hell would want to come here anyway. Pompey have far more to offer than we ever will because they have a forward thinking Council. That's exactly what we don't have here. We're dead in the water unfortunately.
Who the hell would want to come here anyway. Pompey have far more to offer than we ever will because they have a forward thinking Council. That's exactly what we don't have here. We're dead in the water unfortunately. Smartiepants
  • Score: -1

4:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

southy says...

loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where
exactly how do you know that?
Try reading what the America Cup is all about Loose, the winning team gets to pick the location where the next race will take place, majority of the time its been off the USA coast line as the winning teams have pick home waters for to take place.
The final race is between 2 yachts the defender and the challenger, but to take part in the final the yacht club team as to win the heats, any one taking part as to meet deeds of the holder of the club, New York Yacht Club held on to the cup between 1857 to 1983 Alan Bond an Australian was the one who finally beat the Americans, but the cup ended up going back to America, the venue for the next final will be in the San Diego coast line, the last time Britian got to the final was back in 1851.
The rules to this race keep changing but the final races have all ways been between 2 boats.
This is if not one of the oldest sports trophys in the world.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where[/p][/quote]exactly how do you know that?[/p][/quote]Try reading what the America Cup is all about Loose, the winning team gets to pick the location where the next race will take place, majority of the time its been off the USA coast line as the winning teams have pick home waters for to take place. The final race is between 2 yachts the defender and the challenger, but to take part in the final the yacht club team as to win the heats, any one taking part as to meet deeds of the holder of the club, New York Yacht Club held on to the cup between 1857 to 1983 Alan Bond an Australian was the one who finally beat the Americans, but the cup ended up going back to America, the venue for the next final will be in the San Diego coast line, the last time Britian got to the final was back in 1851. The rules to this race keep changing but the final races have all ways been between 2 boats. This is if not one of the oldest sports trophys in the world. southy
  • Score: 1

5:32pm Thu 19 Jun 14

loosehead says...

southy wrote:
loosehead wrote:
southy wrote:
Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where
exactly how do you know that?
Try reading what the America Cup is all about Loose, the winning team gets to pick the location where the next race will take place, majority of the time its been off the USA coast line as the winning teams have pick home waters for to take place.
The final race is between 2 yachts the defender and the challenger, but to take part in the final the yacht club team as to win the heats, any one taking part as to meet deeds of the holder of the club, New York Yacht Club held on to the cup between 1857 to 1983 Alan Bond an Australian was the one who finally beat the Americans, but the cup ended up going back to America, the venue for the next final will be in the San Diego coast line, the last time Britian got to the final was back in 1851.
The rules to this race keep changing but the final races have all ways been between 2 boats.
This is if not one of the oldest sports trophys in the world.
Surely then the best base for him would be Bristol or say Liverpool?
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Lets face it was never going to be Southampton, Lymington and Weymouth was above Southampton on the list as they have more to offer for the short term it will be located after the America Cup Final race taken part, it will be base else where[/p][/quote]exactly how do you know that?[/p][/quote]Try reading what the America Cup is all about Loose, the winning team gets to pick the location where the next race will take place, majority of the time its been off the USA coast line as the winning teams have pick home waters for to take place. The final race is between 2 yachts the defender and the challenger, but to take part in the final the yacht club team as to win the heats, any one taking part as to meet deeds of the holder of the club, New York Yacht Club held on to the cup between 1857 to 1983 Alan Bond an Australian was the one who finally beat the Americans, but the cup ended up going back to America, the venue for the next final will be in the San Diego coast line, the last time Britian got to the final was back in 1851. The rules to this race keep changing but the final races have all ways been between 2 boats. This is if not one of the oldest sports trophys in the world.[/p][/quote]Surely then the best base for him would be Bristol or say Liverpool? loosehead
  • Score: -1

1:08pm Fri 20 Jun 14

4abettersouthampton says...

Its going to be a massive white elephant losing millions
Its going to be a massive white elephant losing millions 4abettersouthampton
  • Score: 1

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