3 October 2011 – The Rowner Renewal Project
Rowner Renewal is an eight year phased regeneration project and Phase One of the project is scheduled to complete in early summer 2012. The second phase will commence later this year and will see the opening of a food store in late 2012. The regeneration is expected to be completed by 2017/2018.
The Rowner Renewal Partnership is made up of five members: First Wessex, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Homes and Communities Agency and Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd. It launched the regeneration project in October 2007 and has sensitively engaged with residents and community groups throughout the past four years.
It represents an opportunity to change for the better the quality of life of the Rowner community. At the heart of this is the Rowner Precinct, which contains 301 properties and various business units. The Rowner Precinct remains in the top 20% most deprived areas in England and is generally regarded as one of the worst estates in South-East England. It has been featured on BBC’s “Panorama” and was nominated as one of the worst buildings in Britain in Channel 4’s “Demolition” programme shown in early 2006.
For the Rowner estate to be successfully regenerated for the long term, the Precinct and other homes in the area must be acquired either by agreement or as a final measure by compulsory purchase and the buildings demolished.
Rowner Renewal Summary:
- Number of new homes proposed – around 700
- Number of old homes to be demolished – 507
- Number of affordable homes available on new estate – around 35%
- Provision of local jobs and a central area incorporating the Tesco supermarket, smaller retail units and a community square large enough to accommodate the Carnival and other community events.
- Phase 1 will deliver a total of 125 affordable homes and 94 private homes and is scheduled to complete in early summer of 2012. New residents have already started to move into the new “Alver Village” homes and a celebration event will be held on 22 October. The Mayor of Gosport will be the Guest of Honour.
- Phase 2 includes 101 new apartments, a residential tower, a Tesco supermarket and three smaller retail units which will bring much needed jobs as well as new homes to the area. There will be 20 affordable homes and 81 private homes and these will be complete by mid 2013.
- Further phases are planned to begin in mid 2012 and construction is likely to continue over the next six years or so.
- First Wessex now owns nearly all the homes in the regeneration area and is helping many residents with their re-housing options. For further information please visit the website www.rownerrenewal.net or call the Rowner Renewal Enquiry Line: 08450 343317.