Latest plans for regeneration of the Portsmouth revealed

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ALMOST 3,500 homes could be built as part of a regeneration of the gateway to Portsmouth, according to new plans drawn up.

City council leaders will meet on Monday and are expected to approve a final ‘design document’ outlining how Tipner, Port Solent and Horsea Island could look in the future.

The plan suggests that 408 to 1,123 houses and flats could be built at Tipner East, as well as shops, a community centre and a park and ride for between 900 and 1,800 cars.

At Tipner West, 312 to 736 homes could be built.

And at Port Solent, 222 to 665 houses and flats could be developed, with the Boardwalk and all land used for marine use left untouched.

And at Horsea Island it’s proposed to have between 317 and 950 homes.

The plans also includes a school and office space, with the potential for a further 164,041sq ft of land if the MoD moves from Horsea Island.

The council’s plan says the majority of housing will be flats, maisonettes or townhouses, with many three-bedroom family homes.

And it suggests roof terraces and courtyards as a means to overcome a lack of appropriate land for open green spaces.

Cllr Mike Hancock, who’s responsible for regeneration at the council, said: ‘I’m very pleased we have come this far.

‘Everyone wants to see something happen there, and very few people will be unhappy with this proposal, as we have met with and listened to interested groups, and have included their ideas.

‘These are outlines, not a finalised scheme, but it’s good to be at this stage.

‘It’s another brick in the process.’

At the same meeting, councillors will be asked to confirm plans to spend £450,000 to make its final application to the government for cash to build a junction on the M275 at Tipner.

The council hopes to win £20m government funding for the scheme, which is vital to the area’s regeneration plans, but faces competition from 44 other projects across the UK.

A final decision is to be made by the government in December.