Work to start on Buckland homes

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WORK will start next month on 18 new council-owned homes in Buckland.

Fareham-based developers Jacobs Foreman will begin building the Portsmouth City Council homes at Watts Road in March.

The development consists of two five-bedroom houses, four four-bedroom houses and six flats, as well as three three-bedroom flats and three two-bedroom flats.

The development will cost £1.6m, including an £840,000 grant from the Homes and Community Agency.

It is hoped they will be finished by December.

The flats block on the development will be named by Charles Dickens Junior and Infant Schools pupils, and residents near the development.

The options are: Manette House, after Lucie Manette from Dickens’s novel A Tale of Two Cities, Westerman House, after Percy F Westerman, Portsmouth resident and children’s author, Rope Walk House, after the rope factory which stood where the homes are to be built, or Chubb House, after Charles Chubb, locksmith and Portsea resident.