THE regeneration of the gateway to Portsmouth would provide a boost to the entire region, says Portsmouth MP Mike Hancock.
Proposals for the long-awaited clean-up and development of Tipner include more than 600 homes, a new motorway junction and the decontamination of a large area of toxic land.
When eventually completed, Portsmouth City Council hopes the regeneration will also provide 25,000sq ft of business space, 1,500 new jobs, waterside open spaces, a park and ride and a hotel.
The council’s head of economic regeneration and MP for Portsmouth South, Cllr Hancock, pictured right, said there should be no obstacles stopping the council approving the scheme.
‘It will be a great sigh of relief,’ he said.
‘To get the road network sorted and then get these planning applications agreed will be wonderful.
‘And it couldn’t have come at a better time for the city.
‘If we can get this agreed we can start the huge job of cleaning up the site, which is of vital importance to the city.
‘The project will create several thousand jobs in the construction industry and in businesses when it is finished.
‘We will also get a good housing development with a fair amount of social housing.’
He added that there will also be a new sewer going across the site which will solve long-standing problems in the city.
‘This development won’t just benefit Portsmouth, it will give a boost to the entire region and open up the city to fantastic new opportunities,’ added Mr Hancock.
As reported in The News the government has already agreed to fund a £30m new junction on the M275.
The rest of the redevelopment is expected to cost around £130m and this will be funded by the council, the government’s Homes and Communities Agency and the Tipner Regeneration Company.
Donna Jones, opposition spokeswoman for economic redevelopment and member of the planning committee, said everyone on the council wanted to see the plans – to be debated at a meeting today – become a reality.
‘If it goes ahead this project will be a first for the south of England,’ she said.
‘It is absolutely what the city needs going forward, we just need to make sure it is being done properly, although so far the officers involved have proved to be on top of everything.’
She added: ‘We just need to make sure we take into account how much the clean-up could impact on the lives of people living nearby.’
Today Portsmouth City Council’s planning committee is expected to approve three major planning applications to improve the north west of the city.
The first was submitted by the Tipner Regeneration Company (TRC) in December last year.
This will allow for the construction of 518 homes, a combined heat and power plant, a sea wall and a coastal path on the site of Pounds Scrapyard and the closed Greyhound Stadium.
The second was put in by the government’s Homes and Communities Agency and the council itself and is for 80 homes on the PD Fuels site to the north of Stamshaw Junior School.
The same two groups have also applied to clean up the area in a massive decontamination programme of Tipner’s toxic land.
These applications all concern the east side of Tipner. The council eventually plans to build a further 600 homes on the west side.