New homes at Itchen Abbas

Press Release: 01/07/2014

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The first new council-built houses in the Winchester district for a decade will be completed this month.

Three 3-bedroom houses and two 2-bedroom houses at Station Close, Itchen Abbas, will be handed over to Winchester City Council on Tuesday 8 July.

The new properties will be known as Baxter Cottages after former councillor and Mayor of Winchester, Neil Baxter.

The houses are owned and managed by Winchester City Council. They will be let at an affordable rent, which is well below market prices, and priority will be given to people in housing need with a local connection to Itchen Abbas who are registered with Hampshire Home Choice.

The houses are located on the site of a disused pumping station and Council garage block. They are built according to the ‘Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3’, which means that they are energy-efficient.

Cllr Steve Miller, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Services which includes new homes delivery, said:

I am delighted to see this new housing completed. These are the first five houses of more than 160 planned over the next five years and the project signals our commitment to provide much-needed homes for those in housing need.