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GOSPORT’S waterfront is set for a boost with a multi-million pound development.

Developers have applied for outline planning permission to build, in phases, a 75-bed hotel with large retail and leisure space, along with 150 homes at the site of Mayfield Buildings in Harbour Road.

If approved the development will see a 12-floor residential tower block, along with four smaller residential blocks and a 1,250 square metre ground floor area for shops, restaurants and bars.

It comes after years of consultations and plans to develop the waterfront and connect the town to the marina, most recently in the draft local plan for 2011 to 2029.

Tory leader of the council Councillor Mark Hook said he is delighted with the plans, which he says will complement the regeneration of Rowner and the Daedalus enterprise zone.

‘It’s the start of the waterfront redevelopment – it’s exciting,’ he said.

‘It shows the confidence people have to invest in Gosport.

‘It will create more jobs for Gosport people which we need on the peninsula, and will reduce the traffic on the A32.’

The value of the plan is not known but real estate firm Savills, agent for Romsey-based Beaulieu Properties LLP, said it will cost millions.

Plans show there will be 150 parking spaces, along with a pedestrian walk-through.

The former Clarence Square school buildings are not included in the site, which is encircled by both Mumby Road and Harbour Road.

Leader of the Lib Dem opposition, Cllr Peter Chegwyn, said he welcomed the plans.

He said: ‘If it goes ahead it will be welcome. Any new development that makes jobs in Gosport is very welcome.

‘A new hotel would be welcome down there and we should make more use of the waterfront, it’s the one big asset we’ve got in Gosport.’

Clipper Ventures, based in Royal Clarence Marina and Premier Marinas also welcomed the plans.

Jonathan Levy, director of business development said: ‘We host hundreds of Clipper Race crews from across the UK and overseas for training here every year who use local accommodation, restaurants and bars. I am sure any new facilities will be well received.’