GAS works in St Mary's have dominated the skyline for decades.

But now the landmark structures in Britannia Road could be demolished to make way for 403 new homes in a 21-storey tower and three smaller blocks.

Plans have been submitted to Southampton City Council proposing the construction of four new buildings.

They will include 403 flats and maisonettes as well as commercial floor space.

The plans propose 166 one-bed flats and 237 two-bed flats, with shared spaces such as a library, a gym, a work/study space, and roof-top gardens.

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The plans have been submitted by Hawkstone Properties Ltd and SGN Place and is represented by agent Savills.

The two enormous gas holders, built in 1905 and 1935, in St Mary’s are a familiar sight to thousands of Saints fans as they head to the stadium.

The site was the vital gas engine of power through Victorian times serving the people and industry.

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The site is currently vacant and unused.

In November last year gas company SGN was given approval by Southampton City Council for its proposed method of demolition at the site.

Hawkstone Properties Ltd said it plans to turn the site into a vibrant new neighbourhood with a tall, landmark building.

The proposed scheme at Britannia Road is a build-to-rent scheme that has been designed for the private rental market.

Build-to-rent housing is purpose-built residential units that are 100 per cent rented out.

A Hawkstone statement said: "We want to regenerate the Gasholder site into a sustainable, build to rent (BTR) residential-led destination.

"The site will form the Northern Gateway to the Itchen Riverside and City Centre Masterplan.”

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