Plan for 500 council homes

Plan for 500 council homes

Plan for 500 council homes

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AMBITIOUS plans have been unveiled that will see 500 council houses built within the next three years.

In its biggest housing scheme in generations, Fareham Borough Council has said the investment in council housing is imperative to meet demand in the town.

Already the authority has mapped out plans to deliver 58 affordable homes by 2017, costing £8.2m.

The council wants to bid for funding from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency, which has set aside money specifically to finance such projects.

Council leader Sean Woodward said that, even if the bid is unsuccessful, the authority would find the money to fund the project.

Plans include a new £5.5m 36-unit sheltered housing scheme at Coldeast, in Park Gate, six energy-efficient homes in Coldeast Close, Sarisbury, for £854,000 and 16 one-bed flats in Palmerston Avenue costing £1,850,000.

Further areas identified for consideration for council homes are Bridge Road and Holly Close, in Sarisbury, the rear of Menin House and Privett Road, in Fareham, and Castle View Road and Newtown in Portchester.

Councillor Woodward said Fareham borough had the second highest percentage in the country of owner-occupied properties. Of the 46,000 homes in Fareham, only 2,300 are council housing, which was “very unusual” for a local authority.

At present there are 1,300 families on the borough’s housing waiting list Cllr Woodward pointed out that the council had only built around half a dozen council houses in the last 25 years.

He said: “There’s a huge housing need in Fareham. Why should people who are born in Fareham not be able to find somewhere to live in Fareham?”

The homes will be in addition to the 6,000 proposed for the controversial new community at Welborne to the north of Fareham, which will go before a planning inspector later this year after consultation finished last week.

That development will provide 2,000 affordable homes if it gets the go ahead.

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1:08pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Poppy22 says...

Good news that, finally, one of our Councils is to build Council homes. Most of them, however, do need to be built in or very close to Fareham itself so that people have walking distance access to the town's facilities, rather than out of town like Sarisbury where there is little in the way of shopping facilities (apart from the new Waitrose at Locksheath, whose prices are likely to be high for people in Council homes) and where they need a car or have to pay not-cheap bus fares to get into Fareham or, eg, Whiteley or Bursledon Tesco (plus lugging a family's shopping on the bus wouldn't be much fun!).
Bet the people who bought the large "executive" homes on the Coldeast site are regretting it now (especially with what is already located on that site, and now planned to be on that site) as no doubt their homes will be difficult to sell and are probably already valued at less than they paid. (And no wonder they've taken so many years to sell!). The idea of mixed housing is all very well but when you just mix expensive "executive" with "affordable" social housing, it just doesn't work.
Good news that, finally, one of our Councils is to build Council homes. Most of them, however, do need to be built in or very close to Fareham itself so that people have walking distance access to the town's facilities, rather than out of town like Sarisbury where there is little in the way of shopping facilities (apart from the new Waitrose at Locksheath, whose prices are likely to be high for people in Council homes) and where they need a car or have to pay not-cheap bus fares to get into Fareham or, eg, Whiteley or Bursledon Tesco (plus lugging a family's shopping on the bus wouldn't be much fun!). Bet the people who bought the large "executive" homes on the Coldeast site are regretting it now (especially with what is already located on that site, and now planned to be on that site) as no doubt their homes will be difficult to sell and are probably already valued at less than they paid. (And no wonder they've taken so many years to sell!). The idea of mixed housing is all very well but when you just mix expensive "executive" with "affordable" social housing, it just doesn't work. Poppy22
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2:39pm Thu 17 Apr 14

Brite Spark says...

They'll have to be bigger than that one!
They'll have to be bigger than that one! Brite Spark
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2:48pm Thu 17 Apr 14

IronLady2010 says...

Brite Spark wrote:
They'll have to be bigger than that one!
LOL!!
[quote][p][bold]Brite Spark[/bold] wrote: They'll have to be bigger than that one![/p][/quote]LOL!! IronLady2010
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7:01pm Thu 17 Apr 14

JasonMudge says...

Firstly the 1300 on the waiting list for social housing in Fareham includes those already in social housing requesting a move.

Secondly this is not real. It is uncosted madey-uppey rubbish as Sean Woodworm has an election coming up and he and his Tory mates are in real trouble, partly due to the Welborne (Smelborne/ Helborne) debacle that is so far off the rails it's actually funny, there's absolutely no need for it, nor the other thousands of houses planned, such as Newlands (1500 houses).

I noticed the big man face beaming out in The Portsmouth News today as well, filling in potholes with a Dayglo jacket on. Oh please!

22nd May coming up folks, remember to tell Sean and all the local Tories what you think of their house building madness: vote blue lose green (fields)
Firstly the 1300 on the waiting list for social housing in Fareham includes those already in social housing requesting a move. Secondly this is not real. It is uncosted madey-uppey rubbish as Sean Woodworm has an election coming up and he and his Tory mates are in real trouble, partly due to the Welborne (Smelborne/ Helborne) debacle that is so far off the rails it's actually funny, there's absolutely no need for it, nor the other thousands of houses planned, such as Newlands (1500 houses). I noticed the big man face beaming out in The Portsmouth News today as well, filling in potholes with a Dayglo jacket on. Oh please! 22nd May coming up folks, remember to tell Sean and all the local Tories what you think of their house building madness: vote blue lose green (fields) JasonMudge
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11:16pm Thu 17 Apr 14

ruthieatrunnymede says...

Absolutely! Council houses are needed, but the need is 1000 not 'thousands' as Mr W has quoted. This has come direct from FBC, so he needs to talk o his own hosing dept to get his figures right. Or could he may be bending he truth a bit to seem like the nice guy just before he election? Don't be fooled....
Absolutely! Council houses are needed, but the need is 1000 not 'thousands' as Mr W has quoted. This has come direct from FBC, so he needs to talk o his own hosing dept to get his figures right. Or could he may be bending he truth a bit to seem like the nice guy just before he election? Don't be fooled.... ruthieatrunnymede
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5:36am Sat 19 Apr 14

skeptik says...

The Tory manifesto of 1951 stated the need to build 300 thousand council houses per year. After narrowly winning the election Churchill tasked Harold McMillan to carry out the task, 'do it and you will be lauded fail and it will be the end of your career'. McMillan did in fact succeed, (a record that stands) Many were trained on the job by master tradesmen - the Tory thinking of old was that the more industrious a nation the more capital was circulating the better for all - they appear to have lost that and are hell bent on a low wage economy where few do well and the many are struggling - if asked to plan a socialist future I could not think of a better way to ensure it than the present government policies.
The Tory manifesto of 1951 stated the need to build 300 thousand council houses per year. After narrowly winning the election Churchill tasked Harold McMillan to carry out the task, 'do it and you will be lauded fail and it will be the end of your career'. McMillan did in fact succeed, (a record that stands) Many were trained on the job by master tradesmen - the Tory thinking of old was that the more industrious a nation the more capital was circulating the better for all - they appear to have lost that and are hell bent on a low wage economy where few do well and the many are struggling - if asked to plan a socialist future I could not think of a better way to ensure it than the present government policies. skeptik
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