Final homes plan in Rowner renewal set for decision

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PLANS for more than 100 homes in Gosport are set to be approved.

Councillors will meet to decide on granting pemission for the 127 homes in the fourth phase of the multi-million pound Rowner regeneration.

It comes as demolition work started at Lawrence Walk two months ago.

The rest of the demolition work has been completed.

Hazel Warwick, spokeswoman for the Rowner Partnership, said: ‘The plans submitted for phase four are the final piece of the jigsaw in the regeneration of Rowner.

‘This phase follows the ongoing demolition of the infamous high-rise buildings which have dominated the landscape of Rowner for the past 50 years.’

The site is nearly three hectares and is bounded to the west by the north-south section of Nimrod Drive that leads to Siskin Infant and Junior Schools. To the east is the new Tesco car park, close to Grange Road and HMS Sultan. The northern part of the site is bordered by two-storey homes in Marlin Close, Helm Close and Compass Close.

Under the plans, there will be two blocks of flats put up.

One block will be built next to the Nimrod Centre and will have 27 flats. Another L-shaped block will be east of the development’s central avenue and have 11 flats.

In total there will be 18 one-bedroom flats, 21 two-bedroom flats, 17 two-bedroom houses, 53 three-bedroom houses and 18 four-bedroom homes.

Of these, 57 of the homes will be affordable, meaning the total in the Rowner regneration will be 40 per cent – the number required by Gosport Borough Council.

The other 70 homes will be put up for sale privately.

Jaffer Jaffer runs Jaffer Pharmacy, which last year moved into new premises as part of the regeneration.

Mr Jaffer, who has run the pharmacy for 30 years, said: ‘It’s very good. The whole atmosphere is changing.

‘People have taken it on well. The supermarket here, that’s improved the area.’

But he added the final stage of the demolition will improve the area further.

He said: ‘The big buildings haven’t been demolished yet. They’re a big eyesore at the moment. It looks a little bit rough. We’re so used to it, we don’t notice it.’

The £140m scheme is run by a partnership of Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, First Wessex, the Homes and Communities Agency, and Taylor Wimpey.