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A positive step for affordable housing in the New Forest

Affordable housing in rural parts of the New Forest has been given a boost with the granting of planning permission for 27 new homes split between sites in Brockenhurst and Hordle. Ten homes (7 for rent, 3 for shared ownership) will be built on land to the north east of Vinneys Close in Brockenhurst, while a further 17 (9 for rent, 8 for shared ownership) will be developed on the site of a former nursery in Hordle. The homes will be for people with a local connection either through living or working in the parish. Work will start on site in March 2017.

The development has been brought about by New Forest District Council working to address housing need in rural areas through the Hampshire Alliance for Rural Affordable Housing or HARAH partnership. The partnership, of which NFDC is a founding member, aims to increase the supply of affordable housing in Hampshire villages, to ensure local people are able to afford to live in the places where they were brought up, work, or have family connections, and in doing so to help strengthen rural communities.

The council's portfolio holder for housing and communities, Councillor Jill Cleary, said: "This is another positive step towards addressing the shortage of affordable homes in the New Forest. By taking imaginative approaches like this and working with communities themselves, we can provide housing of the right kind, where it is needed."

The partnership works with the communities and parishes to carry out consultations, find suitable land and bring forward rural housing schemes. Schemes are delivered through a partner housing association. The schemes in Brockenhurst and Hordle are being developed with Hyde Housing.

 

Updated: 10 May 2017
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