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Latest News: 9 February 2017

The Hood family welcome Councillor Cleary to their new home Local families are making themselves at home in the first 9 of the 21 new council homes we are building on the North Milton estate. Tenants will move into the remaining twelve new homes by the end of February.

Councillor Jill Cleary, portfolio holder for housing and communities, said "Social housing in this area is in great demand so I am delighted to see local families moving into these much-needed new homes. Many of them have been waiting for several years and it is wonderful to see the positive difference that these high-quality new homes will make to their lives."

Councillor Cleary saw the finished homes when she visited new tenants Alex and Steve Hood in the new three bedroom house that is now home to them and their children Ellie and Charlie. Alex and Steve, who both work full-time, have been on the council's waiting list for a house for nearly eight years. "Our son and daughter are so excited to have their own rooms after sharing a bedroom for so long and to have a garden to enjoy" said Alex, "We've been living in a two bed flat but now our daughter is at secondary school, she really needs her own space to do her homework. We are thrilled to bits."

Councillor Cleary concluded: "I would particularly like to thank local residents for bearing with us during the build and I hope they will see the benefits of the changes we have been making to the estate."

Investing £5.8 million in the North Milton estate

The project to build 21 new homes on the North Milton estate and make major environmental improvements across the estate began on site in late 2015, after several years of work to develop the scheme. The development is part of our housing strategy to provide affordable homes to rent for local people. When the £5.8million build began Councillor Cleary said:

Councillor Ward and Councillor Cleary at North Milton "Providing affordable housing is a top priority for us as there is a huge need in the New Forest and I am delighted that we are able to add to our stock of council homes. This project represents a significant investment for the council that I believe will make a real difference to residents and give local people the opportunity to have a quality home at a rent they can afford."

The new homes are a mix of small terraces, chalet bungalows and detached properties providing one four bedroom, six three bedroom and 14 two-bedroom homes for rent to local people on the council's Homesearch register. All have been built to the highest standards of sustainability, making them environmentally friendly, cost effective to maintain and cheaper for tenants to run.

Extensive landscaping improvements, due to be complete in Spring 2017, include a new park, several small local children's play gardens, new planting, improved pedestrian and vehicle access routes, additional parking and lighting across the estate. Improved drying greens, made more private with fences and planting, are also being provided for residents of existing flats.

The main contractor on the project is Bouygues UK. The work is budgeted to cost £5.8m in total: £3.7million for housing and £2.1million for environmental improvements.

The start of work on-site was marked by Councillor Jill Cleary, portfolio holder for housing and communities, and Councillor John Ward, Fernhill ward councillor, pictured, on 3 December 2015.

To see how the project progressed, see any of the updates on the left of this page.






Updated: 30 Mar 2017
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