DEMOLITION work on a contentious building site in Bishop’s Waltham will begin next week.

Country Homes will commence the demolition of Foxes and the Elm Hut on the B2177 on Monday, February 12.

The next stage will be decontamination, as well as an archaeological dig and foul sewer diversion. It is estimated that this work will take between nine and 12 months.

Hampshire Chronicle: The demolition siteThe demolition site (Image: Google Maps)

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On Facebook, Bishop’s Waltham Parish Council said: “Country Homes are commencing the demolition of the 'Foxes' building and the Elms Hut next Monday, 12th February 2024.

“This will NOT include the Youth Hall - that building will remain at this time.

“There is a commitment from the shareholders of the scheme to build this out. The next phase of works is Demolition, Decontamination, Archaeological dig and foul sewer diversion.

“The estimated timescale for works is 9 to 12 months, depending on what is or isn’t found underground...”

The archaeological excavation will be across Winchester Road from the medieval Bishop's Palace and so could reveal many things of interest.