Winchester starts work on first council homes in over 30 years
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development, Local Government
Work has started on the first new council homes to be built in Winchester for over 30 years.
Three three-bedroom terrace houses on a former garage site owned by Winchester City Council are going up at Bourne Close in Otterbourne.
The development will be followed by a second batch of new homes, comprising two three-bed and three two-bed terrace houses on a former garage site and sewage pumping station owned by the council at Station Close in Itchen Abbas.
The houses will be council-owned and let at affordable rent to people on the waiting list with local connections.
The council says that the cost of housing in Winchester is a serious problem, with a genuine shortage of affordable housing in.
In June 2013, there were 2,611 households on the housing waiting list, with people having to wait six years for a family home.
Average house prices in the Winchester town area are over £350,000 and an income of more than £60,000 is required to get a mortgage for a two-bed property.
The council has plans to build several hundred new affordable homes across the Winchester district which will include homes for rent and for shared ownership, family homes, homes for single people and for those with a disability.
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