DEMOLITION work has now started at the site of a major waterfront development.
The work to build a new Aldi supermarket and homes off Mumby Road, in Gosport, has started with diggers having already moved in.
Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, has welcomed the progress at the site.
He said: ‘I’m delighted this is another piece in the jigsaw for Gosport in bringing multinational companies to the town centre.
‘We’ll be seeing Aldi shortly and of course this will be followed by WH Smith next.’
As reported, the old Mayfield Buildings are being knocked down, with the supermarket, one commercial unit and a 48-home residential block put in its place.
Initially the developer had hoped to build a 75-bed hotel, 150 homes, a restaurant and bar but this was scaled back.
It comes as plans for regeneration of the waterfront have been put back in the spotlight.
Cllr Hook added: ‘It always has been one bookend of the development and again, new jobs created again.
‘There will be an additional residential use but a lot less than was originally planned.
‘I’m hoping it will act as a catalyst.’
The scheme is due to cost around £15m and is being run by Savills and Glynne Benge, of landowner Beaulieu Properties LLP.
Around 40 jobs are expected from the development.
Aldi has previously said Gosport has featured on its list for new stores for quite some time and is looking forward to opening up.
Morrisons had objected the move, saying it would lose business from its Walpole Road store.
A council report notes that the buildings were in a poor state of repair and significantly detract from the area.