Winchester prepared to hit the ground running with New Homes Team

Press Release: 21/03/2012

Winchester City Council is preparing to hit the ground running as soon as new rules come into effect in April allowing the building of council houses once again.

A special team is being pulled together from existing staff called the New Homes Delivery Team to do just that – start to deliver homes to help the over four thousand people on our housing waiting list.

The team will be in a position to make the most of the changes to the housing finance system, and will oversee the newly available finances of over £2m annually which will be available to spend within the district on much needed new homes.

Cllr George Beckett, Leader of Winchester City Council said,

I am keen that the City Council seizes this opportunity, and I have asked officers to plan for a significant new-build programme in the district. This Council priority has cross party support and will make a real difference to the lives of hundreds of people across the district. We are preparing to act quickly to maximise the opportunities available to us.”

A report on the new team will go to Cabinet on the 11 April