Share your views on next phase of Rowner’s future

PLANS An artist's impression of the new village green for the Rowner development
PLANS An artist's impression of the new village green for the Rowner development

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PEOPLE in Rowner are being invited to share their views about the next stage of the multi-million pound redevelopment of the area.

Community consultation on the third phase of the £145m development in Gosport will take place this Friday and Saturday.

The third phase of the project will include 175 new homes which will be a mixture of houses and apartments. They will be both rented and shared ownership homes.

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.

Dan Castle, technical director for Taylor Wimpey, said: ‘The first phase of housing along Howe Road will be complete by the end of this year.

‘We have been very pleased with the popularity of the houses and apartments in Alver Village and there is a great community spirit developing there.

‘The green space in phase three coupled with the mix of houses and apartments will complement this and the second phase currently under construction.

‘By the end of 2013/14, with new local jobs to the area within the retail stores and its new mix of homes, Rowner’s regeneration will be clear for all to see.’

Phase one 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 residential tower, a Tesco supermarket and three smaller shops which could bring in 150 new jobs.

Tony Jessop, ward councillor for Grange, said people have responded well to the development so far.

‘From my point of view everybody is very positive about it,’ he said.

‘I have had no complaints about the quality of the work.

‘Everybody says it is brightening up Rowner.

‘The only issues we have had are about the demolition and the dust. When I lived in Darwin Way and the old estate was being built we had to put up with it then as well.

‘Most people think it’s a fantastic development, brightening up the whole area.’

Now, Cllr Jessop is encouraging people to attend the consultation events.

‘If you don’t have your say, you can’t complain about it later on,’ he said.

All local residents and community stakeholders are invited to view the plans at the drop-in events.

The consultation will take place on Friday from 3.30pm until 7pm and on Saturday from 10am until 2pm at the Nimrod Community Centre in Nimrod Drive.

For more information about the project visit rownerrenewal.com