Work gets underway on 39 affordable Stonewater homes in Fair Oak

A celebration on site has marked the start of construction on the first phase of a new Stonewater development of 39 affordable village homes for rent and shared ownership in Fair Oak on the outskirts of Eastleigh.

Leading social housing provider Stonewater is delivering the scheme on land off Winchester Road, in partnership with Eastleigh Borough Council and housebuilders Bloor Homes and Linden Homes. The development is expected to create local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities in the community during its construction.

This is the first phase of a community of 116 affordable homes which Stonewater is providing for local people in Fair Oak and the Eastleigh area. The new homes are within a larger mixed housing development of 330 homes which developers Bloor Homes and Linden Homes are building in the village.

The 39 energy-efficient properties, due for completion in 2017, will provide a mix of 28 homes for affordable rent including nine one- and two-bedroom apartments and 19 two, three- and four-bedroom houses. A further 11 two- and three bedroom houses will be available for shared ownership. Each house will have its own private garden and the apartments will have access to a communal outdoor area. All the properties will have allocated parking spaces.

“With market rents continuing to rise and the price of a starter home as much as eight times the average income in Eastleigh, it’s becoming virtually impossible for local people, particularly young families, to afford housing in the area. We hope these much needed affordable Stonewater homes will go some way towards helping these people,” says Stonewater Chief Executive Bob Strachan. “We are delighted to be working in partnership with the Council and our construction partners to deliver this large scale affordable housing project and we are looking forward to seeing the new homes taking shape over the coming months.”
Stonewater will start construction on a further 77 affordable homes, which will make up the second phase of the development next year.

The new homes, which are located within easy reach of the village centre, are being built to achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 energy-efficiency rating. Some of the properties will include energy-saving features like good insulation and PV panels designed to help keep residents fuel bills and carbon emissions down.

Deputy Leader of the Council Cllr Anne Winstanley said: “Eastleigh Borough Council are delighted to see building work start on homes for local families in real need of good, affordable housing. The national housing shortage means the prices of starter homes and levels of private sector rental are even out of the reach of Eastleigh residents on the local average wage. With a waiting time on our housing list of anything from two to eight years these houses, when ready to let, will be a really welcome new resource.”