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Council's housing lead loves new homes on Valentine's visit

Site Manager Andy Perry (PMC Construction) shows Councilllor Jill Cleary and Councillor Arthur Davis plans for the Stocklands development Councillor Jill Cleary, our portfolio holder for housing, confirmed today (14 February) that the council is well on the way to providing another 20 new affordable homes in the district as part of our new build programme. On a Valentine's Day visit to a site off Calmore Drive in Totton, Cllr Cleary saw progress on the ten one-bedroom flats, five two-bed and five three-bedroom houses that will provide much-loved homes for people on our housing waiting list.

"I am pleased to see the rapid progress we are making on this development. We are on schedule to complete these new properties this summer, adding another 20 homes to our stock of properties for people in housing need" said Cllr Cleary.

The development is being built on land formerly occupied by the Stocklands care home. We acquired the land in 2017 as part of a land swap arrangement with Hampshire County Council, which took over ownership of Cranleigh Paddock in Lyndhurst. It is one of five recent developments around the district to have been built on council-owned sites.

"By making full use of land we already own, we are able to continue our drive to provide more affordable homes in the area" continued Cllr Cleary. "This is one of the ways set out in our recently launched Housing Strategy 2018 to 2036, in which we are working to ensure suitable housing is accessible to everyone in our community."

The £2.9million cost of this development is being funded through income to our housing revenue account and an £800,000 grant from Homes England.

We are currently developing another 35 affordable homes in Calmore, due for completion this year. Councillors have approved plans in the new housing strategy to deliver 600 new homes by 2026.

Councillor Cleary, along with Councillor Arthur Davies, district and town councillor for Totton, was shown the progress on site by Michael Darling, Commercial Manager for the main contractor PMC Construction and Development Services and site manager Andy Perry.

The 20 new homes are being built to high environmental standards, offering energy efficiency and ensuring that tenants will benefit from reduced energy bills. In line with the new housing strategy, they are also being developed with adaptability in mind, recognising the need to meet both the current and future needs of the New Forest's ageing population. The houses are designed to allow for easy adaptations such as the installation of a lift, while a slightly larger ground floor cloakroom in the houses can be adapted to become an accessible wet room.

When complete the new homes will be offered to residents on the council's Homesearch register.

Updated: 14 Feb 2019
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