Much-needed affordable homes are set to be built close to Basingstoke town centre, thanks to Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council and Sovereign Housing Association combining their land, investment and expertise.
The two organisations have worked together to ensure that 12 new homes will be built at the junction with Lower Brook Street and May Street.
Sovereign owns the garage site at the corner of the two streets and it was agreed that the council-owned land surrounding the site be transferred to Sovereign to make the build possible.
The project has now been given the green light, receiving planning permission in March 2017, with the transfer of the council’s land having taken place on Wednesday 28 June.
Sovereign will build eight two-bedroom homes and four one-bedroom flats, which will be a mix of affordable rented and shared ownership properties.
There will be off-road parking for residents and visitor spaces, and the properties will have rear gardens and small front garden areas.
The council has pledged to help create more affordable housing in the borough, and this project is an example of the kind of scheme which can transform underused areas into new and affordable homes.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Deputy Leader Cllr Terri Reid said: “Working in partnership with Sovereign we have been able to ensure that we are making the best possible use of the land that we own for the benefit of local people. There is a real need for these affordable homes, which will provide accommodation for single people, couples and small families.
“We will continue to work in partnership and to look at innovative ways in which we can provide more homes, and in particular more affordable housing, within the borough.”
Roger Keeling, Strategic Asset Management Director, Sovereign, said: “Working in partnership with Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council over the provision of this land has created a great opportunity to build much needed new affordable homes for local people and homes the borough needs.”