Regeneration plan comes to life as firm starts work

PLAN A computer-generated image of the proposed development at Tipner
PLAN A computer-generated image of the proposed development at Tipner

‘Whole area could benefit from fast data,’ council says

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THIS is the first look at how an ambitious multimillion-pound regeneration scheme in Portsmouth could take shape.

It’s a drawing of one section of land around Tipner, Portsmouth – the gateway to the city – which has been earmarked for major development over the next few decades.

Now the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) which owns the 17,000 sq m plot, to the east of Tipner, has selected a developer to build the first batch of new homes.

Radian is being tasked with building 80 affordable properties on its site, and proposals are due to be submitted to Portsmouth City Council for consideration this summer.

It represents a significant part of the city’s regeneration plans and forms part of a wider £820m project.

Radian may also make use of commercial space on the former PD Fuels site, which has been derelict for almost 10 years.

Andrea Smith, Radian’s director of development and new business, said: ‘We are delighted that Radian has been selected to deliver the first homes as part of Portsmouth’s major regeneration programme to provide a new gateway into the city.

‘Our award-winning design and sustainability credentials will be very much at the forefront of this development, leading the way for the long term future of the project.’

The plans are part of a bid to create 600 new homes across Tipner.

Kathy Wadsworth, the council’s strategic director of regeneration, said: ‘This gateway site is critical to the city’s regeneration and it will act as a catalyst for future developments.

Regeneration of Tipner has been talked about for decades and now things are 
actually happening, it will be fantastic to see the first homes built.’

Former MoD-owned land has also been unlocked for development as part of a City Deal, which will help to create thousands of new jobs and homes. A public consultation will be held before the planning application is submitted.

Construction could begin early next year.