Council celebrates delivery of more than 360 affordable homes

Affordable Houses

Test Valley Borough Council is celebrating completion of more than 360 new affordable homes over the past year.

Fifty per cent of these homes are for social rent while 34 per cent are shared ownership, which is where the resident part rents and part buys the property. The remaining 16 per cent comprises a variety of affordable rented properties as well as first buy and discounted sale homes, which are national initiatives to help people with small deposits and a limited mortgage onto the housing ladder.

Sonia Heaton who lives with her husband, Justin, and four children in a newly built affordable rented home in Andover, said: “Moving to our new home has made such a difference – we feel so much happier. We love our new home and when we moved in we felt like we were on holiday thinking we would be going home at the end of it. It’s like a dream.

“[The new house] is really nice and we are really happy. It’s spacious, bright and airy. I really like new houses, there is something about them – a fresh, clean slate.”
Councillor Sandra Hawke, Portfolio Holder for Housing, said: “This is fantastic news! I am delighted that we have not only met, but significantly exceeded, our target for delivering affordable homes in the borough this year. These homes provide a lifeline to hundreds of local families and enable them to stay in the areas where they want to live. This reduces the number of people having to change jobs or move schools. Though the majority of homes are in urban areas, the council is also undertaking significant work with parishes to build more affordable properties in rural areas for people with local connections.”

More than 50 per cent of affordable homes delivered by the Council are two bed flats and houses, while three bed houses account for 36 per cent of the total.

Councillor Hawke added: “I am extremely proud of what we have achieved over the past few years and continue to be impressed by the quality of the houses and flats being built in Test Valley. I look forward to the coming year and the delivery of further affordable homes across the borough.”

For further information about housing options available in Test Valley including new developments and details about Hampshire Home Choice, please contact the housing team at Test Valley Borough Council on 01264 368000.

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