Final section of eyesore flats will be demolished

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AN EYESORE on the Gosport skyline will be fully demolished tomorrow.

The last part of the high-rise flats, on Nimrod Drive, in Rowner, will be knocked down to be replaced by 127 homes.

Plans to demolish the derelict flats started more than 10 years ago and the bulldozers finally moved in in October last year.

Leader of Gosport Borough Council Mark Hook has welcomed the end of the flats.

He said: ‘The last part of the demolition is really good news. When you think that the original conception for the flats to go was in 2004, it has taken 11 years for this final demolition to take place.

‘I am delighted to see them go. They have suffered with concrete cancer and other problems associated with high-rise blocks.’

Once the demolition work is complete, construction work will start to build the 127 homes. As reported in The News, the regulatory board of the council decided in August to give the two new blocks a green light.

One block will be built next to the Nimrod Centre, off Nimrod Drive, and will have 27 flats while the other 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 and the other 70 homes will be put up for sale privately.

Cllr Hook added: ‘Once the ground is clear, building will start.

‘We are hoping the whole project will finished by 2017.’

Hazel Warwick, spokeswoman for the Rowner Renewal Partnership, said: ‘This week, we complete the demolition of the infamous high-rise buildings which have dominated the landscape of Rowner for the past 50 years.

‘This is a huge landmark in the regeneration of Rowner, paving the way for the final phase of the new development and homes that will benefit local people for years to come.’