Thursday, November 12, 2009

New Housing Scheme Given the Go Ahead

Conservative Party Chairman, Eric Pickles, meets with Thornhill Reisdents to discuss the new scheme.

Conservatives on Southampton City Council are embarking on an ambitious programme to redevelop the city's council housing estates. We hope to create several thousand new homes this way by 2026. They will be mixed tenure, private, affordable for rent, shared ownership and social.

The pilot project is Hinkler Parade in Thornhill in the Southampton Itchen constituency and today this exciting new scheme was given the green line to proceed.

Hinkler Parade's existing 1950s blocks will be replaced by a new, larger, better quality, higher density development. Better design will aim to ensure that crime and disorder are designed out in the new development. A popular community facility, the ‘Natterbox’ will be retained.

The pilot scheme is funded by Southampton City Council, the Partnership for Urban South Hampshire (PUSH) and the Homes and Communities Agency.

The project was recently thrown into doubt when Southampton MP and Secretary of State, John Denham, cut growth point funding to the area. PUSH’s growth point funding was cut from £9.5m to £5m. Despite this we are still moving ahead with the Hinkler Parade project and today Conservative Party Chairman, Eric Pickles MP visited the site to meet with local Thornhill residents and to discuss the scheme.

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