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An artist's impression of phase four of the Rowner Renewal scheme
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THE team behind a multi-million pound regeneration scheme have revealed their plans for 127 homes.

Residents of Rowner descended on the Nimrod Community Centre, in Nimrod Drive, Rowner, Gosport, yesterday.

They got a chance to see phase four of the Rowner Renewal project before the plans are submitted.

Alan Scott, 51, of Amelia Gardens, in Rowner, was with his wife Kathleen, 54.

Their home was built in phase one of the project.

Mr Scott said he has concerns over the Nimrod Community centre losing use of parking spaces.

He said: ‘We were just concerned about maybe losing the car parking for the community centre.

‘Are we going to drive away the people who come and use it during the day?

‘I see there is extra car parking at Siskin School but that will be a clash.’

Visitors to the centre currently use parking spaces that were originally designed for use by residents of nearby flats.

Homes will be built on its place and new spaces made at Siskin School.

Mr Scott added: ‘The plans are nice, it’s just nice to see the way it’s going.’

As reported, this fourth phase has 88 houses and 39 apartments and will see the demolition of the last part of the old Rowner.

It will complete the redevelopment of the northern end of the estate up to Nimrod Drive.

In total 22 of the houses will be for affordable rent or shared ownership, as will 35 of the apartments.

Susan Forehead, 57, of Helm Close, Rowner, and her husband David, 66, were at the consultation.

Mrs Forehead said: ‘We were concerned about the footbridge as over the years there’s been a lot of trouble with it. It’ll be nice to have the crossing.’

John Barker is the head of development at First Wessex, one of the regeneration project’s partners.

He said: ‘Right at the outset you make a bargain with the people of Rowner and the bargain is we’ll take you with us on this.’