IT WAS once dubbed a warzone by neighbours – but now a trouble-hit area of Fareham has been transformed by a new housing redevelopment.
The first phase of the redevelopment of Broadlaw Walk has now completed and people have begun moving in.
The regeneration scheme consists of 42 flats and six shops.
First Wessex took over the building contract to avoid any delays in the new homes being completed after Rok, the building contractor, entered voluntary administration in November.
The second phase of the scheme, which will see a further 14 flats and a community centre brought to the area, is now well underway, with all the foundations in place. It is part of a huge project to improve the area which had problems with anti-social behaviour in the past.
The flats have been built using a combined heat and power plant. Two gas powered engines will provide heating and hot water to the flats, and anything that isn’t used will be sold back to the National Grid.
John Waterfield, senior project manager at First Wessex said: ‘This development has not only produced high standard, sustainable homes but has completely regenerated the community.
‘The shops have seen a notable increase in business and once the community centre is completed in phase two, the whole area will be revived.’
Cllr Brian Bayford, executive member for housing, said: ‘The council made the regeneration of Broadlaw Walk a high corporate priority a few years ago and I’m delighted to see that the scheme is progressing so well.
‘It’s pleasing to see that local people from the council’s waiting list have moved into their new homes above the new shops.
‘There seems to be already a new sense of community and I’m sure when all of the works are complete that no-one will recognise the new Broadlaw Walk.’
Nicky Martin, 18, has just moved in to the new flats.
She said: ‘It’s quite nice. I used to live in Titchfield but then I moved here. It’s better that they are making it better.’
And Sharmaine Whittingham, 20, has moved in with her one-year-old son, Mackenzie. I only moved in about a week ago, it’s quite nice,’ she said.
‘It’s much better, it wasn’t very nice before but it’s alright now. I think it will improve it.’