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Have your say on the future of Gosport town centre and waterfront  - deadline now extended to midnight 29 Sept

Local residents, businesses and organisations can help shape the future of Gosport's town centre and waterfront.

They can have their say on a proposed new blueprint for the area, which outlines how the council would like it to develop over the next 12 years or more.

The deadline for comments was originally 19 September, but it's now been extended until midnight on 29 September.

The blueprint is called the Gosport Waterfront and Town Centre Supplementary Planning Document (SPD). At this stage it's only a draft, to be finalised once all comments have been received. 

Cllr Stephen Philpott, Chairman of the council's Economic Development Board, said: "It's been good to see local people taking notice of the SPD, and a lively debate getting under way.

"We really do want to hear people's views, for or against our ideas, because this will help us produce the final document.

"Because of the level of interest, and because the discussion is still going strong, we're happy to give people more time to get in touch.

"The SPD is designed to show landowners and developers the kind of proposals we'd like to see them put forward.

"It's important for local people to take the opportunity to have their say on the vision for the area." 

The council's vision is of a more vibrant and attractive area, given new life by high-quality development, using its marine and historic assets to attract new investors and visitors. 

Goals include more jobs and homes, new shops, new places to eat and drink, more public access, and new cultural and community facilities. Under-used and derelict sites would be brought into use, and public pride in the town would get a boost. 

The council will use the final document to help decide planning applications and show private developers and landowners what opportunities are available.

A major part of the vision is the creation of a new transport interchange to replace the bus station, including a landmark building, while preserving and enhancing the Falkland Gardens.

The council has been publicising the consultation using news releases, social media, posters, leaflets, public meetings, its website and its residents' magazine Coastline. Hundreds of interested organisations and individuals have been contacted directly.

To read a summary of the SPD or the full document, you can go to the web page above. There are paper copies at libraries in the borough, and at the Town Hall (ask at reception).

To make comments, you can use an online form on the web page above or pick up a paper form at a library or at the Town Hall.

There is also an exhibition at Gosport Discovery Centre.

The 10th and final public drop-in session will be at the Discovery Centre on Thursday 14 September, 5pm–6pm.

You can email the team working on the SPD, or call 023 9254 5458.

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