Once a field for grazing horses, Arthur Close in Pamber Heath is now home to 12 local people and their families.
These affordable and sustainable houses, developed in partnership with rural housing specialist Hastoe, were opened by Parish Council Chair, Councillor Chris Goss, on Friday 24th September. The event marks the end of a 12 year journey, as Chris Goss explains:
Councillor Chris Goss( front & centre) cuts the ribbon at Arthur Close, Pamber Heath with residents and representatives from Hastoe, Hampshire Homes Hub, Homes England, W Stirland Ltd & MH Architects.
With local prices in Pamber Heath having risen by 42% over the past ten years (Zoopla, 2021), these homes have come just in time for some local residents who otherwise may have been forced to consider moving away from their jobs and families.
The close has been named after Arthur Pearce, a solider from Pamber who was killed in WW1. And the homes there have been prioritised for local people, including those living in, working in or having close family in Pamber. The homes will be prioritised for those with a connection to the parish in perpetuity. Bhupinder Gosal, Senior Manager Affordable Housing Grant at Homes England commented:
The homes have been designed and developed in sizes and tenures to meet the needs of local people and families. Seven of the homes have been made available for affordable rent and five are for shared ownership. They include mix of 2- 3 bedroom houses, and four 1 bedroom flats.
Affordable homes at Arthur Close in Pamber Heath.
The new homes were developed in collaboration with a number of local partners, including architects MH Architects, contractors W.Stirland, and employer’s agent McCreith Construction Consultancy. The partnership was also supported by Mags Wylie, the Senior Rural Housing Enabler at Hampshire Homes Hub, who started working with Pamber Parish Council in 2009.
Each house has been built to a high sustainability standard with mechanical ventilation and heat recovery systems, which help to keep homes warm while keeping fuel bills low. This is a key approach in Hastoe’s commitment towards building net zero carbon housing by 2050.