Barron Close, Micheldever - An outstanding affordable housing project
Winchester Housing Trust, Winchester City Council and Micheldever Parish Council worked in partnership to deliver a 15-unit affordable housing project on a rural exception site in Micheldever.
The objective of the project was to enable individuals with a local connection to remain in the community where they grew up.
The development has been named Barron Close after Brian Barron who was responsible for the running of Winchester Housing Trust for 20 years and worked closely with the Micheldever community. Mr Barron sadly passed away in December 2012 shortly after opening the site for construction.
Seven houses and one flat were sold to local people on a shared ownership basis. Owners have an opportunity to buy a 60% share in these wonderful spacious properties set in a beautiful part of the Hampshire countryside. The majority of shared ownership buyers have a lifelong connection to Micheldever.
Winchester City Council acquired five of the affordable rented units for their New Homes Delivery Programme. These properties were the first delivered under the Council’s new programme and signify a considerable achievement in providing rural housing for local people. In total seven units are provided as rented accommodation and these have been let to people with a strong local connection.
The site was opened officially on 28 February 2014 by the Right Worshipful, the Mayor of Winchester, Cllr Ernie Jeffs, and MP Steve Brine. Chris Payne, Commercial Director of Drew Smith, formally handed over the keys to the site to Leanne Smith of Winchester Housing Trust.