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Next Generation Winchester

Next Generation Winchester project has been established to explore the challenges faced by younger people (aged 18-35) who may want to work and/or live in the Winchester District. The Next Generation project will explore the options available for young people and families and provide an opportunity to influence housing policy, future house building and local housing options across the district.

On 14 July 2021, we (virtually) hosted the Next Generation Winchester focus group. Together, we explored the barriers of buying a home in Winchester.The majority of respondents of our survey were working full time, and were living at home with their parents.

They told us that their three main barriers surrounding living in Winchester were:

  • cost of buying or renting
  • feeling safe in their community
  • saving for a deposit.

70% of respondents to the focus group saying that they aspire to own their own home and more than half already saving for a deposit. 

This is really encouraging, and we went on to discuss different ways in which young people can live and work in and around Winchester. The recording of the Next Generation Winchester focus group can can be found here

Cllr Ann Weir said: “Winchester City Council’s Next Generation team have assembled an exciting and informative series of presentations that will guide younger people across the District who are considering how to get on the housing ladder here. It underscores the Council’s commitment to ensuring access to good homes for all those who wish to live in the Winchester district.”

If you’re interested in getting on the property ladder, this video is the foundation of your journey click here to view the full focus group.

The survey results (pptx, 2mb)

The prize winner has been notified – so if you haven’t heard from us – sadly you’ve not won the prize.


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