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Homes for local workers and volunteers available

News release 9717, published on 12 Jun 2020
People living, working or volunteering in the Popley area have the opportunity to apply for a home in the area.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council owned Grade 2 listed former farmhouse Chineham House has been converted into flats and made available to those people local to, working or volunteering in the Popley area on the council’s housing list. It had been used as office space until it was vacated seven years ago and since then it has remained empty and unused.

In a move to bring the building back into use, the council appointed housing management company Mears to help convert the property into 10 affordable rented flats and a room for the wider community to use. Mears helped fund the conversion works and will manage Chineham House for the next 20 years.

To support those people connected to or working in the area, which includes employers such as Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and local schools, the council has also piloted a local lettings policy giving preference to local employees and those people contributing to the area before the COVID-19 outbreak.

Some of the homes have been allocated but there is still an opportunity for people living, working or volunteering in the area and on the council’s housing list to come forward.

Cabinet Member for Homes and Families Cllr Tristan Robinson said: “Not only has this listed building been brought back into use, it has also provided more much-needed affordable housing in the area.

“I’m pleased to be promoting a local lettings plan which will enable these new affordable homes to be prioritised for those people working or contributing to the local area, such as in the hospital or local schools.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ward members, Cllr David Potter and Cllr Janet Westbrook who have worked hard with the team to ensure the building is brought back into use.”

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