ST John's ward in Cove is about to be transformed as a result of the regeneration of three neighbouring housing estates, Rushmoor Council said this week.

One of the three sites, Guillemont Fields, has seen old concrete homes replaced by the MOD with modern, high quality houses. Next door are aging army flats and houses used recently by Gurkhas. These have been released by the MOD to Annington Homes, who have already obtained outline planning consent for a development of private houses.

Meanwhile Hart Housing Association tenants await the first phase of a demolition scheme of concrete houses on the Pyestock estate around the Whetstone Road area. These houses were built for workers at the former National Gas Turbine Establishment and St John's councillor Peter Moyle said this week that they had been suffering from "concrete cancer" for some years.

Coun. Moyle said the work was in four phases running through to 2004 and the housing association would be taking advantage of large garden plots to add about 30 homes to the total. He said they were also looking at the future of the former Naafi building that was burned down.