Affordable homes a step closer as Winchester councillors view progress at 109 home development

Affordable homes a step closer as Winchester councillors view progress at 109 home development

Councillors from Winchester City Council joined housing provider Abri to view the progress of 109 new affordable homes being built in Curdridge near Botley.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Martin Tod, and Cllr Chris Westwood, Cabinet Member for Housing, visited the Sherecroft Meadow development, which will include 42 homes for affordable rent and 67 homes available to buy through shared ownership. All the homes are being built by Abri’s inhouse construction team.

To make the homes sustainable and affordable to live in, features including solar panels and air source heat pumps are being incorporated into every home to lower their carbon footprint and reduce energy bills. Future households will also benefit from water saving devices designed to reduce water consumption to a maximum 100 litres of water per person per day, compared to the national average of 142 litres per person per day*.

Cllr Martin Tod, Leader of Winchester City Council at Winchester City Council commented: “We need more affordable homes where people need them — right across the district — particularly, low carbon homes that will cut carbon and cut bills. Abri’s new development near Botley is a great example of the housing we need — sustainable homes — with a good mix of homes for rent and options for home ownership. It was really good to see how much progress they’re making.”

Stephen Lodge, Executive Director Development and Strategic Asset Management at Abri said: “By using our inhouse construction team to build these homes we have full control of the quality, and the incorporation of sustainable features will keep utility bills low for residents.

“Abri is committed to delivering 10,000 homes by 2030 and these homes will make such a difference for people who need them. We want to enhance communities with good quality homes and working in partnership with Winchester City Council we hope to bring more highly sustainable land led developments to the district.”

The completed homes will include one and two-bedroom apartments and maisonettes and two-five bedroom houses. The development is expected to be completed by summer 2026.


Header image from left to right: Cllr Chris Westwood (Winchester City Council), Stephen Lodge (Abri), Simon Maggs (Winchester City Council), Cllr Martin Tod (Winchester City Council), Ellie Bradley (Abri), John Kelly (Abri), Sam Stone (Abri).

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