A GOVERNMENT scheme that will see 200 affordable homes built in Gosport has been welcomed.
Prime minister David Cameron announced yesterday that the waterfront zone of Daedalus, in Lee-on-the-Solent, is part of a nationwide policy to build homes on publicly-owned land.
If the government is coming forward and saying funding will be available for affordable homes, then this has to be a good thing.Cllr Mark Hook
Central government is stepping in and directly commissioning thousands of the new affordable homes, giving smaller building companies the chance to take on the projects where planning permission is already in place.
Councillor Mark Hook, leader of Gosport council, welcomed the news saying the homes were already part of the town’s Local Plan.
‘These 200 homes have always been part of the development on the Daedalus site,’ he said.
‘Therefore if funding is available for these homes, it has to be seen as a positive.’
He added: ‘The thing to reiterate here is that the Local Plan includes 500 homes for Daedalus of which 251 already have planning permission.
‘Some of these have been built or are in the process of being built. These 200 houses are not additional housing.
‘If the government is coming forward and saying funding will be available for affordable homes, then this has to be a good thing.’
Concerns have been raised about the traffic which could be caused by the additional houses but Cllr Hook said infrastructure plans are already in place. This includes work to Newgate Lane south and the proposals for the Stubbington Bypass.
He also said thousands of jobs are being created at Daedalus meaning people could live and work locally.
A site in Chichester was also listed as part of the announcement.
Lower Grayling Well was acquired by the Homes and Communities Agency from the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust in 2014.
The site was marketed for development last year but an agreement with potential developers could not be reached. Under this new scheme, housing can move forward.
Mr Cameron said: ‘This package signals a huge shift in government policy.
‘Nothing like this has been done on this scale in three decades – the government rolling its sleeves up and directly getting homes built.’