Community supports next phase in Rowner estate development

ON THE UP The Rowner estate in Gosport from the air, showing Livingstone Court being demolished and the new Tesco building going up in Grange Road.  Picture: Steve Reid (121522-346)
ON THE UP The Rowner estate in Gosport from the air, showing Livingstone Court being demolished and the new Tesco building going up in Grange Road. Picture: Steve Reid (121522-346)
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THE third phase of a multi-million pound redevelopment of a housing estate has met with approval from residents.

Plans for the latest stage of the £145m development in Rowner, Gosport, have gone on show and received positive responses from locals.

It will include 175 new homes which will be a mixture of houses and apartments.

This phase of the eight-year regeneration project fills in the space between the south of the site around Howe Road and the new supermarket and apartments opposite the entrance to HMS Sultan.

The plans also include a children’s play area and some green space.

Around 70 people turned up to see the plans at the Nimrod Community Centre.

Natalie Brill, 35, from Marlin Close, said: ‘I think it looks good. There are some decent children’s play areas. There is nothing for the children to go and play with at the moment.

‘The area has just got such a bad reputation. So I think this will be good.’

Councillor Tony Jessop added: ‘I do think that it’s going to make the area so much better.

‘What I like about it is the different types of building and colour schemes. It’s going to be quite a dramatic development when it’s all complete. It’s good that it’s been shown to people now so they can air their views.

‘If they are anything like the ones that have already been built they are going to be fit for purpose.’

John Bayley, 65, from Mandarin Way, said the development will improve the estate, adding: ‘It’s already showing a big improvement in the area.’

Val Wilson, 54, from Frobisher Close, added: ‘I’m pleased with it. I moved here in the last five years.

‘When I first moved here a lot of the comments I used to get about Rowner was that it was run-down.

‘But since living here I have noticed the changes.

‘The view of the area is changing. It will make people feel more proud to live in the area – it will give them pride in their area and I think that’s very important.’

The first phase includes 219 new homes and is expected to be complete at the end of the year. Many new residents have already settled into the homes along Howe Road.

Phase two has 101 new apartments including a tower, a Tesco supermarket and three shops which will bring in around 150 new jobs. There will be eight phases in total.