Construction begins for 12 new affordable homes in rural Hampshire

15 April 2019

Hastoe has started the construction of 12 new affordable homes for local people in the rural village of Pamber Heath, Hampshire.

To mark the milestone, Hastoe held a ground breaking ceremony with its partners on site at the development on Friday 12 April. Hastoe bought the land from Hampshire County Council and has worked closely with the local community to bring the development to fruition.

Without ongoing local support, affordable village homes such as this are more challenging to bring forward. The determination of Pamber Parish Council, with support from the Rural Housing Enabler, ensured that they never lost focus on the need for this affordable housing development. We are pleased to be working with them to deliver these new homes for local people.

Ulrike Maccariello Head of Development at Hastoe

Helping to meet demand for more affordable housing in the area, the development will offer both rented and shared ownership homes. All 12 will be prioritised for people with a local connection to the parish.

As well as providing a mix of affordable housing options, the homes will be built to a high energy-efficient standard, which will help to reduce fuel bills for residents.

Hastoe’s chief executive Andrew Potter says: “As specialists in building sustainable homes in rural communities, we understand the importance of providing affordable high-quality homes for local people. Once completed, these 12 homes will enable Pamber’s residents to continue living and working in their village for many years to come.”

Hastoe is investing over £2.2million into the development, with additional £574,000 grant funding from Homes England. MH Architects helped Hastoe to achieve planning permission, and the homes are being built in partnership with contractors W. Stirland Ltd, their chosen designer Kenn Scaddan Associates and employer’s agent McCreith Construction.

The new homes are due for completion in spring 2020.

My constituents tell me that they want more homes that their children can actually afford to buy. So the shared ownership homes here are great news, as they’ll give folk a foothold on the property ladder. Thanks to all who’ve made this possible, from Pamber Parish Council to Homes England.

Ranil Jayawardena, MP for North East Hampshire
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