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Work has started on new affordable housing in Hythe

7 November 2023

We have furthered plans to build affordable housing on the former Hythe Medical Centre site. 

Demolition and clearance of the existing building has begun and will make way for 22 houses and flats. The new development will be built next to the newly opened memorial hospital in Hythe and will include a mixture of accommodation to meet the needs of single people, couples and families.  

The demolition and clearance stage has been fully funded by HM Government through the Brownfield Land Release Fund (BLRF2), following the successful award of £324,000 under the One Public Estate programme earlier this summer.

Cllr Steve Davies, our portfolio holder for housing and homelessness, said: "I'm delighted to see progress being made on the ground at this site and to have secured central government funding to help clear the site.  This important council housing scheme will provide 22 high quality homes and contribute towards our target of providing homes for local people."

"Our housing development team has been working on detailed plans for the scheme which will meet nationally accredited space standards and the energy efficient Future Homes Standard."

"The successful outcome for our funding bid was confirmed by One Public Estate in July and will cover the cost of demolishing the existing 1960s building."

"Having provided 50 additional affordable homes in the last financial year it is great to be building our future pipeline, and a scheme that will deliver much-needed housing for New Forest residents."

Construction of the new homes is due to begin in early 2024 with completion currently estimated for the summer of 2025.   

For further information about our housing strategy, and development programme of homes for rent and shared ownership please visit https://newforest.gov.uk/housing   

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