Reaction continues to the news that the Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has given approval to the development of 2,000 new homes at Barton Farm, Winchester.
The CALA Group says that in its plans 40% (800) of the properties will be affordable housing, with supporting infrastructure and associated community facilities to help meet the city's housing needs.
** “We welcome the appeal decision and now look forward to continuing to work positively with the Council and local community to deliver a high quality development. **
“Coming so soon on the back of stimulus packages designed to support the construction industry, we feel this decision provides a major boost to the entire housebuilding sector and reaffirms the Coalition's stance on the role the housebuilding industry can play in supporting a wider economic recovery.
“Local people will benefit greatly from this decision. It will be a major contributor to stimulating the local economy and creating long term jobs. Furthermore, it will make a significant contribution to the chronic shortage of affordable housing enabling key workers and other local people to live in their own City. We will shortly be examining the detailed design for each of the phases in line with our masterplan to ensure that much needed housing is delivered as soon as possible.”
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