IT’S been years in the making but now the transformation of Rowner is a big step closer as the final block of flats was demolished.
Diggers have been at the site since the start of the week working on taking down the much-maligned buildings.
Hazel Warwick, spokeswoman of the Rowner Partnership: ‘Demolition is now proceeding at a pace on the Rowner Village block.
‘Completion of this work will see the 10-year regeneration project enter its final phase as well as sweeping away a building that has been synonymous with the challenges facing the community.
‘The centre of Rowner has already been transformed by the work of the Renewal Partnership but this phase will, more than any other, mark the end of the old Rowner.
‘The demolition of the infamous high-rise buildings which have dominated the landscape of Rowner for the past 50 years is a huge landmark in the regeneration of Rowner.’
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport Borough Council, said: ‘It’s a tremendous occasion because we have been planning this since 2004.
‘This is the final part now. It just shows the rejuvenation of the area.
‘It’s interesting that when the block finally comes down, people will forget what the skyline looked like and there will be the new development with the Alver Valley.
‘There is already a good community spirit down there and this will take the area forward.’
The development in Gosport has seen hundreds of new homes built.
The first three phases, will have seen more than 500 new homes delivered along with the new Tesco store, pharmacy, Costa and Subway outlets.
The affordable homes are a mixture of properties which are for private sale and for rent.
The final phase will provide 127 sustainable homes.