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A PLAN to build new council homes in Gosport has been approved.

The 16 two-bedroom homes will be built in St Vincent Road, Forton, Gosport, on the site of bungalows that were knocked down.

Gosport Borough Council’s £2.5m scheme will see the first homes built in four decades. As reported, residents in the area have backed the plan.

Designs for the development now need to be submitted to the council’s planning department for approval.

The council chose to build two-bedroom houses to meet the demand in the borough for smaller properties.

A third of all people on the housing waiting list need two-bedroom homes.

Five on-street parking spaces will be lost but the plans will bring 32 spaces, with 11 of those being on the road.

The cost of repairing seven of the demolished bungalows would have been £37,200.

The homes will be owned and run by the borough council and will be subject to the right-to-buy scheme.

The council says the cost will be recouped. Councillors agreed the scheme at the community board on April 8.