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Councillors show support for much needed homes in rural community

Posted on 13 July 2017

A development of 13 affordable homes for local people in the rural village of Shedfield has been shown support by two Winchester City councillors, Roger Bentote and Vivian Achwal.

We have started on site to build nine houses and four flats, offering a lifeline to many local residents otherwise priced out of an area they’ve known all their lives.

The councillors visited the site to see the start of the development and to show support for the provision of affordable housing in this area. They looked around the site and were shown the setting out process in action by Scott Edwards, our Construction Project Manager.

Scott said, “It’s really encouraging to have the support of local councillors for this scheme. We are committed to working in partnership with local organisations to help tackle the housing crisis in the south east and this development will provide great homes for people at prices they can afford.”

During the visit, Cllr Bentote commented, “We are delighted to see these homes underway. They will make a real difference to lives of local families and help sustain village facilities.”
Cllr Caroline Horrill, Leader of Winchester City Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing added, “The Council is committed to increase the number of affordable homes for local people in rural areas, this financial year will see 55 rural affordable homes built in the District but we want to see more. Homes such as these at Shedfield help sustain rural communities and provide good quality affordable accommodation for this and future generations.”

Image - top row left to right, Mark Gray (PMC), Jonathan Fern (PMC), Scott Edwards (Hyde), John Martin (Hyde) front row, Cllr Roger Bentote (Winchester City Council) and Cllr Vivian Achwal (Winchester City Council).