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6 October 2010, 12:04
Phase 2 of the multi million pound Rowner regeneration project has been approved by councillors.
Gosport Borough Council’s Planning Committee last night unanimously approved the planning application, which will see the demolition of run- down housing and retail buildings and replacing them with modern homes.
The plans include 101 new flats, a 10-storey residential tower, a Tesco supermarket, three smaller retail units and an area of open space with a children’s play area
Public consultation drop in sessions took place in August and over 70 residents came to see the proposals for Phase 2 and speak to members of the Design Team. The council has told Heart the feedback from residents was very positive and the colour scheme of red/cream was chosen for the residential tower. Following consultation, the Design Team also changed the position of the substation after valued feedback.
Leader of the Gosport Borough Council, Councillor Mark Hook said:
“This marks a significant step forward on the eight year project. Phase 2 has at its heart the centre of the new Rowner community – creating new retail space and new job opportunities for the residents of Rowner. Job creation is central to the regeneration and the granting of Phase 2 is very welcome news, not only for Rowner but for the economy of Gosport as a whole.”
Commenting on the proposals Juliette Bishop, Tesco Corporate Affairs
“We are delighted that planning permission has been obtained for Phase 2 of this important regeneration scheme and we are extremely pleased to be working with The Rowner Renewal Partnership. The new Tesco store would create many new jobs and working closely with organisations such as Job Centre Plus and Gosport Borough Council, this will allow these jobs to benefit local people.”
Hazel Warwick, Spokesperson for the Rowner Renewal Partnership and Group Director of Development for First Wessex added:
“We were delighted how favourably residents responded when they saw the Phase 2 plans. The completion target for Phase 2 is expected between 2012 and 2013 and it is hoped that demolition in this area will start next year.”