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Winchester city council could build homes on former pub

2:00pm Wednesday 20th February 2013

Winchester city council could build homes on former pub

WINCHESTER civic chiefs are considering trying to buy a former city pub and building homes on the site.

City councillors discussed the New Queens Head site in Stanmore in confidential session at the overview and scrutiny committee on Monday (FEB18).

Bargate Homes had twice applied for planning permission to knock down the pub and build houses as well as a convenience store.

The developer has now ended its interest in the plot which is still owned by Enterprise Inns.

The Chronicle understands the city council is potentially interested in purchasing the site. It also owns land adjacent to the site which would make it a more attractive site for housing.

The New Queens Head is the last pub in Stanmore following the closure in 2009 of the Stanmore Hotel. It was later demolished to make way for a care home.

Winchester City Council is currently carrying out a ‘Call for Sites’ exercise to find places to be considered for new housing.

The deadline for submission of such sites is Noon tomorrow (Friday February 22).

The exercise comes just a week after Winchester local plan part 1 was approved by a planning inspector.

James Cleary, managing director of Hursley-based Pro Vision Planning and Design, said of the ‘call for sites’: “Now the strategy is in place the focus will now shift towards the identification of sites to make up development land allocations needed in settlements such as Bishop's Waltham, Alresford and Kings Worthy where a wide range of alternatives will be considered.”

Comments(3)

Comments(3)

wackyracer says...
5:40pm Wed 20 Feb 13

What is the point in the council spending millions on building new properties when many tenants are opting for the 'right to buy' with 70% discounts and also many new tenants are coming in from Portsmouth and surrounding areas and are not local people. Existing council properties will be sold quicker than new ones can be built

iantait says...
8:47pm Wed 20 Feb 13

I don't know where wackyracer lives (or gets their facts) but with the maximum discount standing at £75k then you would have to be living in a home worth less than £108k for the £75k discount to be 70%.
Here in Winchester with a typical 2 bed property costing around £180k+ then you would still be looking at a mortgage of around £100k which seems pretty high to me.
With a 3 bed house costing around £210k a mortgage of £140k needs a salary of around £50k and not many Council tenants are quite at that level.

winchester resident says...
10:10am Thu 28 Feb 13

iantait wrote:
I don't know where wackyracer lives (or gets their facts) but with the maximum discount standing at £75k then you would have to be living in a home worth less than £108k for the £75k discount to be 70%.
Here in Winchester with a typical 2 bed property costing around £180k+ then you would still be looking at a mortgage of around £100k which seems pretty high to me.
With a 3 bed house costing around £210k a mortgage of £140k needs a salary of around £50k and not many Council tenants are quite at that level.
Or rather 3 1/2 times joint salary.

So £40,000 is needed for an average two bed home or a couple earning £20k each...not difficult at all.
Winchester City Council should stop putting out wrong figures to show how "unaffordable " houses are and start encouraging young people to save for a deposit which not difficult either. You just have to give up a few things while you're doing that ...and then your mortgage interest will be lower than your rent (in the private sector, that is).

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