Construction begins of new affordable homes in Christchurch

Work to build 27 new affordable homes in the Somerford area of Christchurch has begun.

Sovereign Housing Association’s development at Scotts Green received planning approval last June and demolition of the previous homes was completed before Christmas.

said Luke Bingham, Sovereign’s Regional Director for Dorset said: 

“There is a real need for new affordable homes in Christchurch, so it’s very pleasing to see this development pass another milestone. We have been working closely with Christchurch Borough Council (CBC) and local residents to ensure that these homes meet local housing needs and the aspirations of the community, including the retention of the green.”

All 27 of the homes will be for affordable rent. They consist of three three-bedroom houses, eight two-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom bungalows, 10 two-bedroom flats and four one-bedroom flats.

The plans, drawn up by Christchurch-based Aspire Architects, were agreed after extensive consultation with the local community. Key to the process was the creation of a design panel, made up of representatives of local community groups and local councillors.

CBC Councillor Paul Hilliard, who sat on the design panel said: “It’s great news that construction work has begun at this central Somerford development location. The short completion deadline is causing great excitement for residents hopeful for one of these properties.

“This marks the start of several major housing developments for Sovereign and the Somerford community,” he said.

The construction, which is being carried out by EG Carter, is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Carters and Sovereign, working with local residents, have put in place ways of working that will keep disruption to a minimum.

For example, there will be no machinery used on site before 8am and after 5pm and no work on Sundays or public holidays. Any work on a Saturday will be completed by 1pm. Deliveries of materials to the site will not coincide with school drop-off and pick-up times.

To minimise traffic congestion, suppliers and sub-contractors have been asked to access the site via Edward Road and will informally observe a clockwise one-way system around Scotts Green. Local residents are being encouraged to do likewise.