More affordable homes coming to Hungerford

Work has got under way on a housing development that will bring 15 new affordable homes to Hungerford.

The new homes – 11 for Affordable Rent and four for Shared Ownership – are being built on the site of the former Fairfields sheltered housing scheme. They are scheduled to be completed in early 2016.

Sovereign’s Regional Development Director, Roger Keeling said:

“It’s very pleasing to see construction beginning at Fairfields. We have a long-established presence in Hungerford and it’s great that we have the opportunity to provide more much-needed affordable homes for the town.”

Last month, Sovereign was granted planning permission to build another nine new homes for rent and shared ownership at the former Northview Heights older persons’ scheme in Hungerford.

It has conducted public consultations about the two developments to ensure that the local community’s views are taken into account.

Roger Keeling added:

“We worked closely with West Berkshire Council to improve the provision of older persons’ accommodation in Hungerford. This has freed up land that we are now able to use to develop high-quality modern homes that will help to meet local housing needs, whether for affordable rent of for low-cost home ownership.”

The homes at Fairfields and Northview Heights were no longer considered fit for purpose and many of their residents were moved in 2013 and early 2014 to Redwood House and Lindley Lodge, two new modern blocks of older persons’ homes built by Sovereign in Hungerford.

The homes being built at Fairfields include:

  • For Affordable Rent: four one-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom maisonettes and five two-bedroom houses
  • For Shared Ownership: two two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom houses.

Funding for the new development includes around £420,000 in recycled capital grant, approved by the Homes and Communities Agency.