Homes England are helping Eastleigh Borough Council to speed up housing delivery as part of a new £450 million Accelerated Construction Programme, announced by the Ministry for Housing and Communities in July.
A site to the west and south of Horton Heath, including Chalcroft Farm and Fir Tree Farm has already been identified and will receive a grant of around £10million. Preliminary work is underway between Homes England and Eastleigh Borough Council to assess viability and discuss next steps for the land. The Council has purchased the land and can therefore have more influence over the quantity, mix, and tenure of the new homes together with the needs of the new community in terms of local facilities and the speed with which they are built.
The Accelerated Construction programme will support local authorities to get housing schemes built more quickly, encourage innovative construction methods and a wider range of builders, in particular small and medium sized companies that are often locally-based.
Council Leader Keith House said:
‘Eastleigh Borough Council has a strong track-record on accelerating housing and innovative approaches to housing delivery. We are delighted to be working with Homes England to progress plans for this site to deliver new homes to meet local need. The Council is committed to ensuring that housing delivery in the Borough considers wider community need such as schools, open spaces, parks and green space and travel including new roads and cycle routes to tackle congestion’
Stephen Kinsella, Executive Director for Land at Homes England, said:
‘We’re supporting ambitious local authorities to develop their land more quickly to get more homes built for local people. Meeting the demand for housing requires different approaches and our funding will see local partners using new technology and working with builders of all sizes to improve the local housing market.’
Modern Methods of Construction and innovation can speed up the pace of building and deliver high-quality, energy efficient, manufacturing led homes. In addition supporting small and medium sized builders will enable them to grow and deliver regionally and invest in a new workforce.