The Rowner Renewal Partnership
On the 20 March 2007, the Rowner Renewal Partnership (RRP) was launched. The Partnership brings together publicly the five key agents for the change in Rowner - Homes & Communities Agency, Gosport Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, First Wessex and Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd.
The vision of the Partnership is to bring regeneration to the Rowner area through high quality, environmentally sustainable homes and facilities and to engage with local people to enhance local community capacity and structures. The Partnership’s mission is to improve, to add value and to increase pride in Rowner.
Rowner Renewal Partnership (RRP) will make a significant difference to the community of Gosport and South Hampshire not just in providing the homes and facilities but in empowering the local community to develop longer term community structures and services.
RRP is a professional and highly effective partnership with a clear vision for the redevelopment of the Rowner estate including Rowner Village and its future sustainability within the regional economy.
RRP is responding to the call for action from local people and the Gosport Borough Council and welcomes consultation and the two way communication with local people over its plans for Rowner.
RRP partners possess an enviable track record of working with local communities in delivering tangible benefits. RRP will deliver many positive outcomes for the residents and retailers of Rowner.
The members in the Rowner Renewal Partnership have pledged millions of pounds of investment to make the redevelopment of the Rowner estate a possibility.
- Homes & Communities Agency is providing £7.5 million.
- Gosport Borough Council is contributing land worth in excess of
- Hampshire County Council is investing £1.5 million.
- First Wessex is investing £6 million and is also contributing land.
- Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd is investing in excess of £16 million.
The Rowner Renewal Project is possible due to the public/private organisations bringing together the financial support, planning and development expertise that will be needed to take this regeneration scheme forward.
All of the members of the Partnership are leaders in community regeneration and providers of quality homes:
Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) English Partnerships became part of the new Homes and Communities Agency. It is the single, national housing and regeneration agency for England, bringing together the development and regeneration expertise of English Partnerships, investment functions of the Housing Corporation, and the Academy for Sustainable Communities, with major delivery programmes of Communities and Local Government.
The remit of the new integrated agency is to create opportunities for people to live in high quality, sustainable places. The HCA will provide funding for affordable housing, bring land back into productive use and improve quality of life by raising standards for the physical and social environment. To do so the HCA has been awarded a total budget of £17.3 billion over the next three years.
Gosport Borough Council is the accountable body for the citizens of Gosport and speaks on behalf of the whole community. The redevelopment of the Rowner Village is a significant priority for the Council. They wish to work closely with their residents to ensure that within Rowner a cohesive and sustainable community is maintained. The Council has long supported community development and projects in Rowner and has assembled the team to get things done. www.gosport.gov.uk
Hampshire County Council has played a key leadership role in facilitating the Partnership. It has committed specialist project management and financial support and secured the political will, at regional and national levels, for the regeneration of Rowner. It is the accountable body for the citizens of Hampshire and takes the strategic view for long term benefit. On the project their responsibilities include issues affecting roads, transport and regeneration. www.hants.gov.uk
First Wessex Housing Group
Taylor Wimpey UK Ltd is the UK’s largest homebuilder and provides nationwide coverage in the UK, building one bedroom apartments and start homes up to large detached family houses. As well as operating in the UK, Taylor Wimpey plc builds homes in North America, Spain and Gibraltar. It aims to be the homebuilder of choice for customers, employees, shareholders and for the communities in which it operates. Taylor Wimpey has considerable experience in regeneration programmes and working with communities so is an ideal partner to deliver this project. www.taylorwimpey.com
First Wessex Housing Group