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MIXED views have been expressed about major plans to redevelop Market Parade in Havant.

Some traders are concerned about the long-term future as their buildings could one day be earmarked for demolition and they might have to relocate.

Havant residents Paula Elsey and David Elsey looking at updated plans for the revamp of Market Parade and a new 'gateway' to Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142664-767)

Havant residents Paula Elsey and David Elsey looking at updated plans for the revamp of Market Parade and a new 'gateway' to Havant. Picture: Allan Hutchings (142664-767)

But others welcomed the plans which were unveiled at Havant Meeting Place on Wednesday.

As reported, a £15m building with 120 apartments and six retail units is being planned on land of the former Star pub on the east side of Market Parade.

The building, which has now been vacated, is set to be demolished.

A question mark hangs over the rest of Market Parade. Developers have revealed long-term proposals for a parkside development of restaurants, a gym and a new forecourt to the railway station, but no decisions have been made.

CGI picture of plans for Market Parade in Havant''September 17, 2104

CGI picture of plans for Market Parade in Havant''September 17, 2104

The site in question is not owned by Hampshire and Regional Property Group, which is rebuilding the other side of Market Parade.

The overall investment, if other parts of Market Parade are redeveloped, could be up to £40m.

Sue Hewett, owner of Forget Me Not florists in Market Parade, said: ‘I am unsure.

‘I am just thinking more people, more trade. It’s good for more homes because there’s a shortage of them, but it’s going to be a bad thing if businesses have to relocate.’

About the potential of one day having to relocate, she said: ‘Not good. People don’t like change, do they? I have a lot of elderly clients who use me regularly and the whole point of being in Market Parade is because there is disabled parking.’

Karen Pike, who works at Kinch Chiropractic Clinic, said: ‘From what we can make out, they are doing it in three phases and we are going to be part of the middle phase. There’s no information or times or definites as to when our side may be done.’

She added that developers had said there would be ‘minimum disruption’ while the construction takes place.

She added: ‘We are hoping it will be a good thing and a very exciting thing for a run-down part of Havant.’

The plans include an apartment block with basement parking for 58 cars. There is a ‘feature tower’ of up to eight storeys.

A new footbridge over the railway could also be built.

A formal planning application could be submitted in the coming months.