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 ...


Stanmore Common Room saved

Residents in The Valley area of Stanmore are breathing a sigh of relief after their much loved common room was saved.

Concerns over absent Eastleigh Local Plan raised in Parliament

Steve Brine spoke out in Parliament recently about continuing concerns in respect of Eastleigh's absent Local Plan, and specifically about the way his constituents in Chandler's Ford have been left off the map when it comes to consultation about its eventual development.

Consultation on Eastleigh Local Plan

Hiltingbury and Chandler's Ford residents can have their say on the future of development across the Eastleigh borough with a new consultation document. The consultation on the Local Plan, to take the borough up to 2036, will run until 17th February.

MP welcomes local affordable housing figures

Steve Brine has welcomed figures showing that the Conservatives are delivering new affordable homes and helping hardworking people to get on the housing ladder across Winchester & Chandler's Ford.

Barron Close open for business

Steve Brine joined the Mayor and Mayoress, councillors and members of Winchester Housing Trust (WHT) at the official opening of a fantastic small development in Micheldever on Friday 28th February.