NEW homes could be built in the western area of Southampton as part of a major housing scheme.

Civic chiefs said the area of Millbrook, Maybush and Redbridge has been identified “as an area of focus” for new council housing within the city.

Southampton City Council said “more information on potential opportunities for increasing the number of council homes on sites in this area” will be the subject of engagement with local people in 2021.

The new homes will be part of the 1,000 council homes programme that civic chiefs are looking to complete by 2025.

The council also confirmed that some of the 1,000 homes will be ready next year.

As previously reported, the move is set to create 1,089 jobs  and it is part of the 1,000 council homes programme pledged by Labour councillors in 2018.

According to the council, the first phase of new council homes at the  former Oakland’s Community School site in Lordshill is due to be completed from spring 2021 onwards.

The site will see  two and three-bedroom houses as well as two purpose-built accessible homes aimed at local people with additional needs.

The council also said Potters Court (a housing with care scheme with 84 flats ) and Kiln Court (a smaller block of 15 flats for people aged over 50) are nearing completion in Wimpson Lane, Maybush.

Residents are expected to move in next spring, the council said.

Some of the 1,000 council homes are also set to be built at Townhill Park, where construction work has now begun.

Further details on the other sites are yet to be revealed.

Cllr Satvir Kaur, cabinet member for culture and homes, said: “There has been fantastic progress on our 1,000 council homes by 2025 programme, with over a quarter of these already delivered or under construction. Despite the challenges we and our contractors have faced this year, I am pleased we have pushed forward; and as we enter 2021, I remain confident that we will be able to achieve our aim of delivering all 1,000 council homes by 2025.”

Cllr Kaur said there will be opportunity to engage with local communities to help shape the new housing developments.

She added: “This pandemic has highlighted the importance of good quality, decent and affordable living, which is why we are working so closely with local communities to ensure this next generation of council housing not only addresses local need but offers a sense of community and belonging.”