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YOU CAN watch brand new Portsmouth homes rising from the rubble in the new time lapse video on this page.

Portsmouth City Council is building more than 200 new homes on sites it owns in the city and in Havant as part of the most ambitious council home building project in the area since the Second World War.

Click this link to watch and download a time lapse video showing the construction of new affordable flats and houses on the site of the old Somerstown Health Centre.

Leader of the council Cllr Donna Jones said: " We're building these much needed homes to ease housing waiting lists.

"It's fantastic to see the video which shows how well the construction of these new homes is progressing."

The 51 flats and nine houses the council is building on the Blackfriars Close site will be completed next summer at which point the development will offer an additional 72 bedrooms compared to the ageing Arthur Pope House block which used to sit on the plot.

"These homes will make a real difference to people's lives," Cllr Jones added.

"We have a responsibility to provide good quality affordable housing for local people and we take that responsibility seriously.

"There are very few local authorities in the country building housing at the rate Portsmouth City Council is. We are proud to be leading the way and reinforcing our commitment to ensure local families have the high quality homes they need."

The new development will be named Ivy Close, after a road which used to run through the site. The £8.1m scheme is being built by Portsmouth contractors PMC.

The council also completed 16 new flats in Winston Churchill Avenue last month. Planning permission has been granted for 23 flats on the site of the old Southsea Community Centre, in Kings Street, and for three sites on land the council owns in Havant, totalling another 95 homes.

This extensive home building programme is on top of an equally ambitious supported housing building scheme which has seen the council open three new developments in Portsmouth with three other adult supported living facilities in the pipeline providing a total of 60 more new bedrooms in the city.

For more information about the council's housing development programme, call 023 9283 4954.