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THE last remaining residents living on the old Rowner estate in Gosport will be forced out of their homes to make way for a new development.

Gosport Borough Council has used its compulsory purchase powers for 26 flats as part of the major regeneration going on there.

The consortium behind the development had requested the council use its powers so it could buy up the properties.

Gosport Borough Council said it is still not decided when the residents have to leave their homes by.

But the deadline is likely to be the end of November.

The Conservative leader of Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook, said: ‘This is the final compulsory purchase order that will deal with any residential units.

‘This is the last one to ensure the last residential areas are clear so it can be pulled down later on.

‘First Wessex are dealing with the residents there on a one-to-one basis.’

Under the terms of the compulsory purchase order, the land will be sold to the First Wessex housing company for £1.

But developer Taylor Wimpey will meet the costs of compensation to be paid to landowners and occupiers – the cost of which will be set by negotiations.

In a report to councillors, the borough council’s chief executive Ian Lycett said no financial cost to the council is expected.

So far 264 homes have been demolished in the area and 127 new houses and flats have been built.

People began moving into the new properties in February last year.

Work on the demolition of the last remaining homes cannot begin until the telecommunication aerials nearby have been decommissioned.

The partnership is made up of First Wessex, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, the Homes and Communities Agency and Taylor Wimpey UK.

The firms say the project will be completed in 2017 and the total cost has been put at £145m.

The redeveloped estate will have new housing, community facilities and a Tesco superstore.

To view all of the plans for the Rowner renewal project, visit 
rownerrenewal.com.