PLANS to build more than 100 homes in Rowner have been approved.
Work is set to begin later this year to demolish the high-rise flats off Nimrod Drive and replace them with 127 new homes.
The decision made by regulatory board of Gosport Borough Council was met with little opposition as members agreed that the fourth stage of the multi-million regeneration of Rowner should go ahead.
Councillor Tony Jessop said he was delighted with the decision.
‘I am very happy that the plans were approved and I am delighted with the design of them,’ he said.
‘The design is very good and is better than others that have been built in neighbouring areas.
‘They are quite pleasing to the eye and they will bring the whole area back to life.’
As previously reported in The News, two blocks of flats will be put up. One block will be built next to the Nimrod Centre, off Nimrod Drive, and will have 27 flats.
Another L-shaped block will be east of the development’s central avenue and have 11 flats.
In total there will be 18 one-bedroom flats, 21 two-bedroom flats, 17 two-bedroom houses, 53 three-bedroom houses and 18 four-bedroom homes.
Of these, 57 of the homes will be affordable, meaning the total in the Rowner regeneration will be 40 per cent – the number required by Gosport Borough Council.
The other 70 homes will be put up for sale privately.
Hazel Warwick, spokeswoman for the Rowner Partnership, said: ‘Gaining planning permission for Phase Four of the regeneration marks the final stage needed for the development of new homes in Rowner.
‘This is great news and we are looking forward to replacing the existing properties with 127 sustainable homes that will benefit local people for years to come.
‘Phase Four will consist of 70 properties for outright sale and 57 affordable homes for rent and shared ownership.
‘Enabling work has already started on the demolition of the existing high-rise block and site perimeters are being finalised for the commencement of works on the new homes which are due to complete in 2017.’
The site for the new homes is nearly three hectares.
Other phases of the Rowner regeneration included the Tesco superstore which opened last year.