ANOTHER part of an iconic Hampshire industrial site is set to be blown up this weekend as part of a multi-million pound redevelopment.

The demolision at Fawley power station will take place on Sunday.

Back in July, a large explosion was visible across the Solent as most of the building was floored. Last November, the southern section of the boiler house was demolished with an explosion.

But, why is the iconic structure being taken down?

Here is all you need to know:

What is planned for the site?

Plans have been approved to build 1,500 new homes.

Civic chiefs at New Forest District Council gave the larger of two applications to redevelop land occupied by the former Fawley power station the go-ahead.

A total of 1,380 homes, a 2,100-space car park and 95,300 square metres of new commercial, civic and employment space are to be built at the site.

The scheme put forward by Fawley Waterside Ltd, is expected to create 2,300 jobs, most of which would be in the marine and technology industry.

During a special meeting of the planning committee at the district council, the plans were branded as one of the most significant planning application that the council’s planning committee “will ever be asked to determine”.

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Artist’s impression of the new development on the Fawley Power Station site.

The developer described it as “the largest expansion of the New Forest landscaping for many generations”.

But civic chiefs asked for reassurance over transport, traffic, roadworks on the A326, the future of the railway as well health and education provision. Councillors and residents spent hours quizzing developers and officers over the impact of the scheme on the A326.

Both officers and developers highlighted that some improvement schemes for the A326 have already been agreed. These include the upgrade of eight junctions along the A326 and the B3053.

Members were also told that alternative transport is also being considered and that while a ferry proposal was not part of the application, “the transport strategy recognises that water transport could play a key role”.

Officers said they are satisfied that the proposed improvements mitigate the impact of the scheme on the highway network.