Council starts its latest social housing project in the city

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WORK has started on 16 new homes in the heart of Portsmouth.

Portsmouth City Council is building a block of flats in Winston Churchill Avenue to ease the social housing shortage. The £2.8m scheme includes one and two-bedroom flats and ground-floor commercial space.

Tory housing boss Cllr Steve Wemyss said providing a wide range of housing options was a council priority.

He said: ‘It is vital that we do what we can to ensure there are enough homes for local people. This is part of the drive to provide a great mix of high-quality, modern, energy-efficient housing that local people will want to live in.’

Contractors PMC expect the construction to take about a year to complete.

The scheme follows a number of other social housing projects in Somerstown in recent years including: seven houses at Henrietta Place in Warwick Crescent; 12 flats at Ark Royal House; and 10 homes in Invincible Terrace in Wellington Street.

The council also has permission to build 60 homes on the site of the old Somerstown Health Centre, in Blackfriars Close, and 23 flats at the old Southsea Community Centre in King Street.