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Rowner estate receives HCA go ahead

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced the all clear for the next phase of development at the Rowner estate in Gosport.

Phase three of the project will see the construction of 175 new homes at the site, with the plans receiving local council approval on December 10th.

A total of 39 of the new properties are to be set aside to come under the 'affordable homes' bracket, with all the properties to be a mix of two, three and four-bedroom homes and apartments.

In addition to the new residential properties, two new car parks for property owners are to be built, while a new avenue will also be constructed, as well as a number of green spaces in the area.

Philip Littlewood, HCA area manager, said: "It's great news that the ambitious plans for the next phase of the Rowner Renewal project have been approved and that the progress partners have made in bringing forward the transformation of the area can continue.

"This is a complex project which has taken five years to get to this stage, but local people are now beginning to see the results of [the] partners' hard work."

Leader of Gosport Borough Council councillor Mark Hook added that the mix of private, shared ownership and rented accommodation at the development will hopefully bring in a good mix of new residents, ensuring all income levels are catered for.

Clearing of the site is now underway, with work to get going in earnest once this essential first step has been completed.

Elsewhere, the HCA announced earlier this month that Liverpool's iconic Littlewoods building on Edge Lane is to undergo a significant renovation in the coming months.

A total of £16 million of public money is to be spent on overhauling the property, with the construction of a new hotel, as well as business and commercial space at the site. 

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