House-building in Winchester district on track

Press Release: 23/01/2014

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Winchester City Council says that house-building in the district is on track in spite of the prolonged recession.

Cllr Victoria Weston, Portfolio Holder for Built Environment, said:

The level of house completions fluctuates according to the state of the economy and major developments do not happen every year, but in the Winchester district the level over the past five years is consistent with our Core Strategy – Local Plan Part 1.

The Council can demonstrate an adequate supply of deliverable housing sites to allow the rate of housing completions to increase and all the signs are that this is happening.

For 2013-14 it is projected that 357 dwellings will be completed, the highest number since 2010-11 when the figures were boosted by a number of large schemes including 71 new houses in West of Waterlooville, 64 at Knowle and 54 at Highcroft in Winchester.

Information about house completions is available online in Annual Monitoring Reports at http://www.winchester.gov.uk/planning-policy/annual-monitoring-report-amr  

The City Council monitors housing completions on a regular basis and, due to work currently being undertaken on its Local Plan Part 2, this information has been monitored even more closely.

This shows the following completions over the last five years (district-wide, including the area covered by the South Downs National Park Authority):

  • 2008/09 - 359 dwellings
  • 2009/10 - 286 dwellings
  • 2010/11 - 503 dwellings
  • 2011/12 - 317 dwellings
  • 2012/13 - 204 dwellings

There are a number of major projects in the pipeline and for 2013/14 it is projected that 357 dwellings will be completed.

These numbers are consistent with data shown on Hantsweb (Housing Land Supply in Hampshire) and other websites.