Winchester council to double new affordable homes

Chesil Lodge under construction Pic: WCC

Chesil Lodge under construction Pic: WCC

Winchester City Council say their “ambitious” plan to double the number of homes it is building in the next three years has received a welcome boost from the latest government announcements.

The Government White Paper includes plans to support a major increase in building affordable homes.

The city council have already secured grant towards its plans and say they are now talking to Government officials to secure even more funding.

With over 200 council homes already delivered or under construction since its programme began three years ago, the  council is planning to build a further 300 homes by 2020.

Early developments included small numbers of family homes and later this year, the council will open two prestigious developments: Victoria Court, a city centre development of 27 flats, and Chesil Lodge, providing 52 flats of ‘extra care’ housing for older people with assessed care needs.

Proposals for a large development of over 70 homes in Stanmore are well-advanced, along with a number of other smaller developments.

Conservative Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of the City Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing Services, said in a statement:

 “I welcome the announcements from the Government regarding house-building, which support the Council’s aspiration to do all it can to help those residents in the district struggling to afford housing.”

“With over 2,000 households on the Council’s waiting list, we simply can’t build affordable homes quickly enough.  With prices so high in this area, many younger residents have little prospect of owning their home. “