Affordable local housing

Winchester is regularly named among the best places to live in the country which is, of course, a great accolade and something we've known all along.

However, the city is also ranked one of the least affordable parts of the UK and that creates obvious problems for those wishing to get onto the local property ladder.

There is a genuine shortage of affordable properties in Winchester, with demand for affordable homes massively outstripping supply and the number of people on the waiting list is increasing monthly. The Conservative run City Council is constructing new affordable Council Homes and also working with Registered Providers (sometimes known as Housing Associations) to provide new affordable housing across the District.

Steve Brine has backed these plans and spoken many times in Parliament on the subject, including leading a handful of debates in the House of Commons.

Our MP has opened a number of affordable housing schemes in the area - including in Micheldever and Kings Worthy - and has visited development sites in Stanmore, Weeke and Kings Barton.

While building new homes is important, Steve believes this must be done in a sensible and planned way as part of a Local Plan process which involves local people at every stage and considers the infrastructure requirements of any new build. He has supported Winchester's award-winning Local Plan but has spoken out where he feels sufficient coordination or consideration has not been given.

Steve has been highly critical of Eastleigh Borough Council's Local Plan which is still not in place and leaves the Borough open to speculative planning applications from developers.

And finally, Steve has been a consistent and passionate supporter of park home living which can often be the ultimate in affordable homes. See more on Steve's park homes work.

You can browse many of the stories and links from Steve's works in this area below ...


New homes for Stanmore

Steve Brine joined Councillor Jamie Scott, Councillor Caroline Horrill (leader of WCC) and the Mayor of Winchester in Stanmore on 4th March, as he opened new council housing in Bailey Close. 

Steve Brine visits Kings Barton

Winchester MP Steve Brine has visited CALA Homes' Kings Barton development two years on from when construction began.

Steve Brine welcomes rogue landlord crackdown

Steve Brine has welcomed news that the Government has brought into force new powers that will help local authorities crack down on rogue landlords and drive up standards in the private rented sector.

Government set to intervene on Eastleigh Local Plan failure

The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, has warned his Department could intervene on the failure of Eastleigh Borough Council to produce a Local Plan that has the support of the local community.

Winchester to double council home numbers by 2020

Winchester City Council has announced plans to double the amount of council homes built by 2020, following Theresa May's confirmation that her government will meet the Conservative manifesto promise to renew the building of council and social housing.