ANOTHER large explosion has taken place at a Hampshire industrial site that is being blown up to make way for 1,500 homes.

The blast resulted in the demolition of the southern section of the boiler house at Fawley power station, which closed several years ago.

An exclusion zone manned by sentries and police was set up an hour before the explosion took place at 10am.

New Forest Post:

It comes just weeks after plans to transform the site were given the go-ahead at separate meetings of New Forest District Council and the New Forest National Park Authority.

Members supported plans to replace the huge industrial buildings with hundreds of homes, plus a raft of community and commercial facilities.

The project has been put together by a consortium headed by Fawley Waterside.

In a statement it said: "All relevant stakeholders, landowners, tenants and residents in close proximity to the site were notified in advance of the event.

"In 2016 Brown and Mason, as principal demolition contractor, were appointed to carry out demolition of the Fawley Power Station site.

New Forest Post:

"In May 2019 New Forest District Council approved an application for Prior Notification of Demolition as part of the continued management of the former power station site.

"This application covered the dismantling, removal and site clearance of buildings followed by remediation.

"The application includes a series of explosive events over a two-year period, the first of which occurred in October 2019 with demolition of the turbine hall roof and deaerator building.

"Full demolition of the Fawley power station site is estimated to be complete in 2022.