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Housing association tackles home shortage with 100s of new homes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Development

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In the last three months a Basingstoke-based housing association has started building 200 homes as it aims to tackle a local housing shortage.

Sentinel Housing Association, which is building the new properties on various sites it owns across north Hampshire, has also recently signed deals on four partnership sites to provide a further 169 homes.

The HA has started work on a total of 600 homes in the last year.

Development director Mike Shepherd said: “With the average South East house price at £216,618 there’s a huge demand for affordable housing. We’re determined to do all we can to help. We’ve set ourselves a target to build 500 homes a year over the next three years. And the challenge for us is to continue this level of development against a backdrop of continued public spending cuts. These deals mean we’re well on our way to achieving our ambition this year.”

The projects include 41 apartments for older people in Church Crookham and a further 12 apartments for over 55s in Fleet. In Shepherd Spring Lane, Andover there are 19 new homes for rent and shared ownership and a further eight homes in Longcroft Road, Kingsclere.

Mr Shepherd added: “And it’s not just our new build homes that are making a difference. We’re buying a number of existing homes to help ease the housing waiting lists too. So far we’ve bought 12 homes and have a further nine in the pipeline in Basingstoke and five in the Farnborough / Aldershot area.”

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