New affordable homes for local people

Press Release: 17/02/2009

Turning the first sod

Winchester City Council has announced a scheme to provide 12 new affordable homes on Main Street, Littleton. The homes will have a planning condition attached to them to ensure that they always remain affordable homes for local people.

The scheme will provide two 4 bedroom houses, two 3 bedroom houses, four 2 bedroom houses and four 1 bedroom houses. This mix reflects the housing needs of people registered on the Winchester Housing Register with a local connection to Littleton and Harestock Parish.

A local connection to the Parish is the primary criterion for being allocated a home in the new development and households must be registered on the Winchester Joint Housing Register.

The project is being developed by Hyde Martlet Housing Association through the HARAH (Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing) partnership and will be built by local builders, Drew Smith Group.

The Homes and Communities Agency have provided the funding and the scheme is the result of years of partnership work between Winchester City Council, Littleton and Harestock Parish Council, the Hampshire Rural Housing Enablers and HydeMartlet.

The houses have been carefully designed by Genesis Design Studio to reflect their rural setting and meet high eco standards.

Cllr Tony Coates, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “The City Council is proud to have worked in partnership with multiple organisations to help deliver these much needed affordable homes for local people in Littleton and Harestock”

The new homes will include the following ‘eco’ features:

  • Whole house ventilation and heat recovery – this is very good for asthma sufferers because the air is filtered. The heat recovery ensures the energy from the warm air from within the dwelling is not wasted
  • Super insulated timber frame construction
  • Excellent air tightness to reduce heat loss
  • Super efficient gas boilers to reduce energy and carbon emissions
  • Low energy light fittings and guidance for residents on purchasing appliances
  • Low water use fixtures – showers, baths, basins, sinks, WCs
  • Landscaping designed to enhance biodiversity and ecology. Natural boundaries of hedges and post and rail fences
  • Robust and high quality materials involving Parish Council in choices. Materials mostly optimise sustainability, timber FSC tiles with high recycled material content.
  • Every home has its own private garden and secure storage
  • Secure by design buildings
  • SUDS – no impact on existing drainage infrastructure in the village
  • On site sewage treatment works

For more information about the HARAH partnership and other projects to provide affordable rural housing for local people in Winchester District and across Hampshire, visit the HARAH website