Work continues on 35 new affordable council homes in Kings Worthy

One of Winchester City Council’s newest housing schemes is starting to take shape.

Councillors, including local ward members and Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset management, Cllr Kelsie Learney, were recently shown around Hookpit Farm in Kings Worthy to see its progress so far. The scheme will provide 35 homes with a range of different housing options including affordable rent and shared ownership.

Contractors Drew Smith have made significant progress over the summer, with all foundation work well advanced and the timber frame construction complete to many of the plots. The scheme is on track to be completed in summer 2021.

The council is also working with local residents and ward councillors to preserve a much-loved open space called Top Field at Hookpit Farm. Significant ecological preservation work is being carried out with over 100 slow worms already relocated on the site for protection.  Public Consultations have been held by the Natural Environment and Recreation Team which will inform how the area will be left.

Cabinet Member for Housing and Asset Management, Cllr Kelsie Learney, said:

“It is really exciting to see the progress of this development and I was very impressed with how closely the contractors have been working with the local community during construction. This scheme will help us in our goals to ensure more people can afford to live in well-designed, energy efficient homes and increasing public access to informal open space.”

The tour took place in the same week as two new council homes were completed at a separate scheme in Dolphin Hill, Twyford.

The mixture of homes at Hookpit Farm includes 25 affordable rent, eight shared ownership and two discounted market sales. To find out more about shared ownership homes at the site email kdowling@winchester.gov.uk