Council smashes Government housing target

Winchester City Council’s ambitious house building plans have been given the seal of approval after it was announced it had passed the Government’s house building targets with flying colours.

The Government’s Housing Delivery Test compares how many homes are being built against how many are required in the district.

The city council scored 121 per cent, meaning it is exceeding the Government’s requirement for housing provision in the last three years

Councils which do not meet the 95 per cent delivery target are required to set out action plans on how they will address this failing.

Winchester City Council Leader and Portfolio Holder for Housing, Councillor Caroline Horrill, said:

"Ensuring we provide the right homes and housing for every resident and family in our district is one of our top priorities.

“Our commitment to building houses remains and we have recently announced our plans to build 1,000 affordable new homes over the next ten years.

“We are planning ahead for the future to deliver the housing, employment space, facilities and infrastructure needed to ensure our district grows and prospers".