Council to build 1,400 new homes in Horton Heath

Council wins £21 million from Homes England. The 310 acre site will include 460 affordable homes and new community facilities

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Eastleigh Borough Council has been awarded a £21 million funding deal with Homes England to ‘kick start’ the development of a 310 acre site at Horton Heath.

The site, which includes land at Chalcroft Farm and land west of Horton Heath in Burnetts Lane, as well as land at Fir Tree Farm and Victoria Farmhouse, in Firtree Lane was bought by the council in 2018.

The council says this means that Horton Heath –  which currently has around 671 dwellings – will see an additional 1,400 new homes delivered. The development will comprise a mix of one, two three and four bedroom homes and will include a minimum of 30% affordable housing.

The funding has been awarded through the Government’s £450 million Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme that prioritises the use of modern methods of construction. Eastleigh are considering options that include panellised and modular construction methods which will increase the pace of development by 50 percent.

Eastleigh Council will be the developer and Galliford Try will be project manager. The council says they will prioritise  the delivery of infrastructure upfront including recreational facilities, a village centre and open space.

Housing Minister Kit Malthouse said in a statement:

“We haven’t built enough homes in this country for far too long – and our accelerated construction programme is here to change that, and fast. “This £20.8 million funding boost is going to help bring 1,400 much needed new homes to Eastleigh using modern methods that significantly cut down on construction time”

Earlier this week, the newly elected Councillor for West End South Tim Bearder, told Eastleigh News:

In Eastleigh we don’t just hand these projects over to a developer and allowed them to build 5 bed executive homes – we are taking the lead in order to force the construction of rent to buy homes that allow first time buyers to get on the ladder and at the same time making sure they achieve exceptionally high environmental standards.
No other council is doing this kind of innovative work.

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