THE redevelopment of the former police headquarters in Winchester has "stalled" a meeting heard.

Work appears to have stopped on the 200-home redevelopment off Romsey Road by developer Berkeley Homes.

Cllr Lucille Thompson told the Council meeting that the scheme has stalled: "Nothing is happening there in spite of hoardings saying the launch would be in April. Now they have changed the hoardings."

Cllr Thompson, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, added: "There is no work going on. Rumours are circulating locally as to what is happening.

"This was going to deliver a significant amount of affordable homes in the city centre which is where we want them."

In February Berkeley denied that there were any delays, saying the plans were being amended.

The scheme, which also include an underground car park and path for bikes and pedestrians, was approved by planners in February last year.

Council leader Caroline Horrill said he would ask officers to check with Berkeley what is happening.

She said other major schemes such as Barton Farm, now officially known as Kings Barton, was progressing well.

In the first week of this month 26 private houses were occupied, the first eight shared equity homes will be handed over in August with a further four by the end of that month.

The first tranches of rented houses will be handed over in November.

But Cllr Horrill in a written answer to a question said: "However, it may be correct to say that the outlook for large scale market housing delivery generally is less certain at the moment than it has been for several years, with the effect of Brexit on demand and supply one of the contributing factors.

"This could lead to a slowing of construction in areas where the market is less vibrant. It is therefore important that the city council makes its direct contribution to affordable housing delivery."

The city council is committed to building 300 council homes by 2020 with 100 already on site.

Regarding the major development at North Whiteley in the city council's southern parishes, Cllr Ian Tait said he had heard that developer Bovis is "in trouble."