£1.3m grant will kickstart creation of cheap housing scheme

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MILLIONS of pounds will go towards building affordable housing.

Fareham Borough Council applied for £1.3m from the government to build much-needed cheaper homes in the town.

The funding, secured from the Homes and Communities Agency’s Affordable Homes Programme, will go towards building 65 new homes and flats.

Executive member for housing, Councillor Brian Bayford, whose ward is Park Gate, said: ‘The money received from the government is great.

‘It can be used as a stepping stone for much-needed affordable housing in Fareham.

‘We looked around earlier this year to see what money was available and we saw the grant.

‘So we applied for £1.3m and we got it all which is fantastic.

‘The three sites we are looking to build have been sat waiting for funding as they had already been granted planning permission.’

All the housing had previously been given planning permission by the council but was waiting for funds.

In Park Gate, at Admirals Wood, 36 sheltered housing flats for the elderly will be built, while 16 one-bedroom flats will be constructed in Palmerston Road, in Fareham town centre.

Finally, Sarisbury will see six family homes built at Coldeast Close that will showcase high energy efficiency standards.

The council is aiming to build 100 affordable houses within the next year.

But the costing of the housing is thought to reach around £13m.

Cllr Bayford added: ‘Fareham hasn’t built any affordable houses for more than 30 years so we have a lot waiting. This is the biggest scheme we have ever had so it is great that we could get the money for it.’

And Councillor Katrina Trott, who represents Fareham East, said: ‘I think it’s absolutely brilliant.

‘It’s much better to use derelict, infill land like Palmerston Road than build on places like Welborne.’

A decision is yet to be made if they will be built consecutively or at the same time – but they will start soon. The council is already building Collingwood Court, a 40-apartment sheltered housing scheme for older people in the Highlands area of Fareham. It is due for completion in early 2015.