20 New Homes for Stanmore one step closer

Press Release: 17/12/2013

Cllr Keith Wood, Leader of Winchester City Council and ward councillor Jamie Scott survey the work starting on the New Queens Head building

Around 20 new homes for local people in Stanmore came one step closer this week, as work started on the demolition of the former New Queens Head public house. Architects are drawing up a scheme to provide affordable housing for the site which will primarily be offered to Stanmore Residents.

Due to health and safety concerns an application for permission to demolish the building was submitted to the Council’s Planning Department and approved in September. The building is being demolished as work continues to design an appropriate affordable housing scheme for the site.

Materials from the derelict buildings will be re-used where possible, including 3,000 roof tiles which will be used at Abbey Mill in Winchester during it’s transformation into River Cottage Canteen.

Cllr Keith Wood, Leader of the Council said, “This work is part of the community’s plans for Stanmore. We have reviewed a range of options for the site with local people and are now working up designs to provide 18 to 20 new affordable homes for the benefit of Stanmore residents. This is part of the Council’s policy to deliver increasing numbers of affordable homes across the district, and to help local people who are struggling to find homes locally.”

The demolition and site clearance will take approximately 4/5 weeks with a break over the Christmas and New Year period.