Tag: Housing

Sculpture unveiled at new housing development

New affordable homes at Woodside Avenue feature latest energy saving measuresA striking new piece of public art has been unveiled on the site of the old Woodside Avenue recycling depot which has now itself been successfully recycled into a new development of affordable homes – some featuring state-of-the-art energy saving measures. Leah Gardens is the…

Winchester council to double new affordable homes

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…

Homeless man living in Bishopstoke woods

A homeless man has been living in a tent in Stoke Park woods for the last three weeks. When local carvery chef Desmond Spiers (28) lost his home and his job he turned to Eastleigh Borough Council for help but then rejected their offer of a space at a night shelter in Winchester because he…

Low savings puts homes at risk say Shelter

    A YouGov survey of working adults who pay rent or a mortgage found that with little or no savings to fall back on, 40% of families in the South could be just one paycheque away from losing their home. Worryingly, the research also found that in the South of the country, a quarter…

Bakery jobs go for housing

Up to 90 bakery workers could be left struggling to earn a crust following an announcement by British Bakeries to close the Hovis bakery in Toynbee Road by June – a move which could see 191 houses built on the site. Premier Foods, owners of British Bakeries announced last month they would be shedding up…

Eastleigh consults on draft local plan

Eastleigh Borough Council have recently launched their draft local plan for a short period of consultation which runs from 28th October 2011 to 3rd January 2012. The plan comprises a 268 page document, two interactive maps and a summary leaflet, all of which can be accessed via the Planning Policy and Design page on the Eastleigh Borough…

UKIP query ‘Locals Only’ housing plan

UKIP leader Nigel Farage has challenged Eastleigh’s Lib Dems to explain how they intend to  limit new housing to just local people and prevent occupation by immigrants. Earlier this month Eastleigh News reported how Councillor Paul Bicknell had published and distributed a leaflet around the town’s Aviary estate that claimed  that new houses to be built on Chesnut…

Botley housing plans resurface

It was standing room only at Botley primary school last Tuesday as the Parish Council called a public meeting as a “first stage in a community wide consultation to identify the changing needs of the community over the next five to ten years”. Up to 100 Botley residents, who have only just fought off plans…

5% of Eastleigh population now on housing list

Almost 5% of Eastleigh’s population is now on the housing waiting list. The shocking statistic has just been published latest edition of Eastleigh Borough Council’s ‘Homechoice’ magazine. According to the magazine, last month there were a total of 5635 people – out of the borough population of 116,169–who were in need of a home with…

300 Jobs to be sacrificed for more Flats

Plans to build a business park on derelict land in Eastleigh town centre – providing up to 320 much needed local jobs – could be scrapped in favour of building more retirement flats. Retirement homes specialist McCarthy and Stone are already advertising the ‘assisted living’ apartments they intend to build on the ‘Centris’ site although…