Winchester new homes announcement

Work to start development of over 100 new homes in Winchester, including plans for the former New Queen’s Head site in Stanmore, have been confirmed (Wednesday 23 October).

Cllr Keith Wood, the Leader of Winchester City Council, said at Cabinet:

Following on from my statement at the last Cabinet meeting on new homes delivery, I can confirm that work to start development of over 100 new homes in the next two years is progressing well. The programme now focuses on three main developments: the New Queen’s Head site in Stanmore, Victoria House in Winchester and the provision of a new 50-bed Extra Care Housing scheme. In light of the importance of these three schemes, I have asked that all key recommendations for the schemes are brought direct to Cabinet rather than be considered at other Cabinet committees.

We are moving forward with our plans for developing the New Queen’s Head site in Stanmore. The demolition of the existing derelict building will start within the next month. We have reviewed a range of options for the site and are now working up plans to provide 18 to 20 new affordable homes for the benefit of Stanmore residents. In addition, significant improvements to open space and the access into Somer’s Close recreation ground will be incorporated. Funding to start development will be available from 2014/15 and I have asked officers to bring forward detailed proposals that should allow a planning application to be submitted early in the New Year. Officers will be meeting local members in the next week to brief them on the proposals.

Cllr Wood added:

With regard to the Victoria House development in central Winchester, detailed designs have been produced and an exhibition of the proposals for local members and residents is planned for 11 November.

Proposals for an Extra Care housing scheme in Winchester will be brought to the December Cabinet meeting.

We will continue to work up plans for a number of smaller sites to ensure that we have options if more funds become available.