Rural housing specialist Hastoe has started the construction of 12 new affordable homes for local people in the village of Pamber Heath, Hampshire. To mark the milestone, Hastoe held a groundbreaking ceremony with its partners on site at the development on the 12th April.
Hastoe bought the land from Hampshire County Council and has worked closely with the local community to bring the development to fruition.
Helping to meet demand for more affordable housing in the area, the development will offer both rented and shared ownership homes. All 12 will be prioritised for people with a local connection to the parish.
As well as providing a mix of affordable housing options, the homes will be built to a high energy-efficient standard, which will help to reduce fuel bills for residents.
Hastoe’s Chief Executive Andrew Potter said: “As specialists in building sustainable homes in rural communities, we understand the importance of providing affordable high-quality homes for local people. “We’ve worked in close partnership with the local community to begin the development of these 12 new homes. Once completed, they will enable Pamber’s residents to continue living and working in their village for many years to come.”
Hastoe is investing over £2.2m into the development, with additional £574,000 grant funding from Homes England. MH Architects helped Hastoe to achieve planning permission, and the homes are being built in partnership with contractors W. Stirland, their chosen designer Kenn Scaddan Associates and employer’s agent McCreith Construction.
Ranil Jayawardena, MP for North East Hampshire, joined Hastoe and its partners to celebrate the ground breaking ceremony and commented: “My constituents tell me that they want more homes that their children can actually afford to buy. So the shared ownership homes here are great news, as they’ll give folk a foothold on the property ladder.
“Thanks to all who’ve made this possible, from Pamber Parish Council to Homes England.”
The new homes are due for completion in spring 2020.
Pictured above are the representatives of the Pamber Heath development partners mark the start of construction.