Civic chiefs press on with plans for 300 new homes

2:53pm Friday 14th December 2012

By Joseph Curtis

WINCHESTER City Council is pressing ahead with plans to build 300 homes in the district over the next decade. A planning committee last week approved construction of five homes in Station Hill, Itchen Abbas, replacing a former sewage works.

The plans include three three-bedroom and two two-bedroom homes and nine parking spaces.

Cllr Ian Tait, portfolio holder for new homes delivery, told the committee new homes were essential for the local community.

He said: “This is a scheme for five properties which are much needed in the area. They are well designed and will enhance the area.”

Councillors enthusiastically welcomed the scheme, unanimously approving it at the meeting on Thursday, December 13.

Cllr Michael Read said: “My congratulations to the team for bringing this application forward. It's a well thought out use of the land and adds benefit to existing households with regards to parking.”

Cllr Barry Lipscomb added: “It's a great improvement on what's been there recently.”

It is the council's second successful planning application since the scheme was announced, following approval for a three-home development in Otterbourne last month, the first council homes to be built for 25 years.

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