Find out about housing plans for Westman Road, Weeke

Press Release: 31/05/2013

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Local people are being invited to a drop-in consultation event to find out about housing plans for Westman Road, Weeke, in Winchester.

The event will be held at Weeke Community Centre on Thursday 6 June from 3pm to 7pm.

The proposals involve the redevelopment of an area of recreation land and a garage court which is accessed from Westman Road. The open space is secluded and not well-used.

The plans feature a mix of family houses and one- and two-bedroom homes for those wishing to downsize to smaller properties. They are part of a major programme of new council house-building in the Winchester District to help local people access homes that they can afford.

At the consultation event people will be able to see the designs and give their thoughts to staff from Winchester City Council and the Architect. For those people in need of affordable housing who are not already on the housing register there will also be the opportunity to register their interest.

Some 850 postcards advertising the event were sent out this week to all council tenants living in Weeke, all houses close to the site, the garage tenants and those on the waiting list with a local connection to Weeke. The City Council has emailed a copy of the postcard to those people who attended a recent focus group about downsizing. Residents whose properties back onto the site will also receive a postcard for the event.

As part of the project, improvements are being proposed for another open space within the Weeke area to compensate for the loss of this under-used space.

The St Barnabas and Harestock Community Plan shows the local community’s desire for a “suitable range of accommodation that meets the changing needs of our community through to old age in an environment that enhances our quality of life and well-being”. The site was originally identified by the community through the St Barnabas and Harestock Community Plan exercise.

Due to changes in benefits rules, there has been an increase in the number of people wanting to downsize. To meet this need, the City Council is looking to build some smaller properties. This will also help to make available family housing in the area for the households currently on the waiting list.

There are currently around 100 households on the housing register with a local connection to Weeke.