Parish councils learn about affordable housing

Winchester City Council, together with its Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) partners, has been helping parish councillors to find out more about how to provide affordable housing schemes for local people.

Earlier this month, Parish Councillors were invited along on a tour to see a range of affordable housing schemes; including established developments, recently completed developments, and a village project which is currently under construction. The Councillors were also able to ask questions and view a film produced by HARAH.

Parish Councillors were joined on the tour by City Councillors and officers from Winchester City Council. Representatives from HydeMartlet Housing Association and Hampshire Rural Housing Enablers were also on hand to answer questions and explain more about affordable housing schemes.

The event was attended by Parish Councillors from Old Alresford, Cheriton, Curdridge, Micheldever and Wonston. They were able to draw on the experience of Councillors who have overseen affordable housing schemes for local people in their own parishes.

The first stop on the tour was an affordable housing project in Littleton, where a brick laying ceremony took place.

The scheme, which recently made the news after builders found a 16th century skeleton on the site, will provide 12 affordable homes for local people. The properties will be for rent and will be of mixed sizes to meet the needs of households registered on the Council’s housing register. The properties will be made available to those with a local connection to Littleton.

Cllr Tony Coates, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

“This tour organised by Winchester City Council officers was very informative. It was important that Parish Councillors had the opportunity to see some housing schemes and talk to fellow Councillors who have already been involved in developing rural affordable housing’

Derek Hickman, Chair of Littleton Parish Council, added:

“We are delighted with the progress made by Drew Smith and HydeMartlet and look forward to seeing local people housed here early next year”