City Council to boost supply of rural, affordable housing

Press Release: 27/06/2017

Winchester City Council has announced plans to increase the number of affordable homes available in rural areas.

Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing commented

We recognise that finding affordable accommodation in rural areas is particularly challenging. As a partner in the Housing Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing (HARAH) the Council is committed to providing new affordable housing and the build of 152 new homes in the District has been completed since 2005 - a further 55 new homes are scheduled in 2017/18. In addition we have our own rural homes programme which has already completed 9 family houses on sites in the Itchen Valley, Swanmore and Otterbourne. A further 18 new homes will be completed over the next 12 - 18 months at Knowle and Alresford.

As part of the Major Development Area at Whiteley the Council has negotiated the provision of both new homes on site and £17.5M of contributions to fund off-site provision. This funding will help the development of over 500 new homes in the District.

Council Members are meeting next week to explore how the deliver of rural affordable homes can be accelerated.