PLANS to transform one of Hampshire’s biggest industrial sites by building 1,500 homes and a luxury marina go on show to the public today.

Fawley Waterside, owners of the former Fawley Power Station, is staging the first in a series of public exhibitions prior to submitting a planning application next year.

Last night it emerged that the multi-million-pound scheme, expected to create about 2,000 jobs, also includes a hotel, health facilities and a school.

Fawley Waterside, which bought the 300-acre site in 2015, wants to redevelop the area by building what will effectively be a small town overlooking Southampton Water.

The consortium is planning to retain the power station’s 650ft chimney and convert the top of the structure into a high-rise restaurant.

The glass-sided eatery would outshine Portsmouth’s Spinnaker Tower, which is almost 100ft shorter.

Last night a Fawley Waterside spokesman said: “The vision is to transform the site into a thriving residential and commercial community that becomes a destination for employment and leisure.

“Current plans include the creation of approximately 2,000 jobs, with the focus on marine and technology.”

The spokesman said the consortium aimed to build 1,500 homes ranging from small flats to family houses, plus a healthcare centre and school.

He added that other proposals included shops, waterfront restaurants and a hotel.

People visiting the Calshot Activities Centre exhibition from 2pm to 8pm will also have a chance to comment on plans to provide better links to communities, including a new footpath between Calshot and Fawley.

Extensive landscaping is also planned, together with a lagoon that will provide a habitat for birds.

The power station closed in 2013 and has since been used as a filming location for Holywood blockbusters, including the new Star Wars movie.