THE Government has given Fareham Borough Council more than £1m to help it build even more affordable homes.

Fareham Borough successfully bid for £1.3m to help build more than 100 new affordable homes during the next year – the most the council has built in a year in more than three decades.

The money came from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Afforda-ble Homes Programme. It will go towards 65 new affordable homes, including 36 sheltered housing flats for the elderly at Admirals Wood, 16 one-bedroom flats in Fareham town centre and six energy efficient family homes in Sarisbury. This will be in addition to the 40 apartment sheltered housing scheme for older people in the Highlands area of Fareham due for completion in early 2015.

Executive Member for Health and Housing, Councillor Brian Bayford said: “This is the first time in over 35 years that there will be more than 100 new affordable homes built in Fareham in a year.

“The total investment of over £13m shows the commitment that the council has to making sure that local people have access to quality affordable housing.”