PLANS to transform Gosport’s waterfront are back – and the council leader hopes they will be out for consultation in the next two years.
Mark Hook said renewed work is going on that could see the town’s waterfront area redeveloped.
It comes after a master plan, which included knocking down South Street bus station, was shelved.
He said: ‘It’s something that we will be looking at there for the next two years.
‘I think we’re coming out of the recession and the time is right to have a look at it.
‘We’ve got the public consultation from a couple of years ago so we understand what the public would like to see.’
As previously reported, a £100m scheme was drawn up and controversially included demolishing the bus station.
Council chief executive Ian Lycett had previously said it should be knocked down.
He recently met with the Town Team, which was set up to boost the town centre with a £100,000 fund, and told its members there will be a consultation.
He said a layover for buses will be provided elsewhere in the town and the Falkland Gardens will not be built on, according to a report.
Lin Wilson is chairwoman of the Town Team.
She said: ‘It’s a great idea and I understand why it’s been put on hold for the past few years with the recession.
‘Now is the right time and things are picking up.
‘I shall look forward to hearing what comes out of their talks with contractors.’
But she said two years is too long to wait for the development.
‘I personally hope it’s going to be before the next two years,’ she added.
‘Two years is a long time – they’ve had ideas in place before it was shelved.’
Any development work would stretch from Gosport bus station to Royal Clarence Yard, which is included in the new draft Gosport Local Plan.
The Mayfield Buildings have been knocked down and an Aldi supermarket and homes are being built there.
The former Crewsaver site in Harbour Road has been bought but there are no plans for redevelopment yet.
And the council is still in talks with the Ministry of Defence over the retained area in Royal Clarence Yard, as the MoD owns the site.
Cllr Hook added: ‘I will be talking to other companies to glean what is possible along the waterfront.
‘We will be talking to specialists in those areas.’