Winchester to benefit from over £2m for affordable homes

Press Release: 12/06/2006

The Winchester District will benefit from around £2.4million which has been made available for new affordable homes in small villages in the district. The funding should provide 40 homes over the next 2 years.

Last year average house prices across the whole district were over £310,000, resulting in increasing numbers of people being unable to afford their own homes. The new housing will enable local people who are unable to afford a home of their own the opportunity to stay in the village that they live or work in.

The homes will be provided on a number of sites across the district, which will be selected in consultation with local communities, parish councils and planners.

The money is available thanks to a partnership between several Hampshire District Councils and Rural Housing Enablers being successful in attracting funding for affordable housing in rural areas. Recently, The Housing Corporation announced it was allocating over £7 million to build rural affordable homes across Hampshire.

Cllr Tony Coates Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities said "I am delighted that the district will benefit from what is a significant amount of money for the provision of affordable homes. It is vital that we do all we can to help people of the district be able to afford their own homes and stay in their local communities."

The funding has been awarded to Hyde Housing Association, selected by the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) to build the homes.

Winchester City Council residents who would like to know more about affordable homes in the district should visit the Housing pages on  or contact Mark Barnett on 01962 848 210.