WORK will begin on Monday to demolish an outlet shopping centre so it can be replaced with a traditional town centre.
Whiteley Shopping Village, at Whiteley, near Fareham, is being knocked down as part of a £100 million redevelopment of the site.
Once demolition is complete, the main building work is expected to start in November, with a new community hub among the first places to be built by owners, the Whiteley Co-ownership Trust.
Parish council chairman, Councillor Mike Evans, said: ‘I think everybody on the council is very happy with this, it’s the right move. The town centre is something everybody in Whiteley needs and deserves.
‘We’re delighted that the community facilities will be built first, it shows the ongoing commitment to the community by the owners. They’ve been first class in listening to feedback and in discussions. They’ve really listened to us.’
The Meadowside Leisure Centre and Tesco will stay open throughout. Frankie and Benny’s restaurant will remain open until November. A new footpath is also being put in between the playing fields and Tesco to provide pedestrian access.
Plans for housing and a hotel had initially been part of the redevelopment but were withdrawn.