Plans have been put forward for a floating harbour to be built alongside one of Spithead's sea forts

Plans have been put forward for a floating harbour to be built alongside one of Spithead’s sea forts. Gibraltar-based Swanmore Estates, who bought No Man’s Land fort in June, has applied to renew an existing planning consent for a floating breakwater harbour and helipad.

The harbour, says the application, will help to prevent erosion of the fort, but does not explain why a floating helipad is required – the fort has two helipads already. No Man’s Land fort took 19 years to build and was completed in 1880.

It was designed to protect Portsmouth from raiding French warships, but has spent much of its recent life as a luxury, although somewhat remote, hotel.