Biggest investment in council built homes for 30 years
The Shadow Secretary of State for Housing, Rt Hon John Healey MP, joined the Leader of Southampton City Council, Councillor Christopher Hammond, and Councillor Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes & Culture, to meet resident, Andy Thornton, who has recently moved into one of the newly built houses at Townhill Park, and members of SO18 Big Local, a National Lottery-funded group that runs community activities.
The regeneration of Townhill Park is the biggest investment in council built homes in Southampton for over 30 years. Southampton City Council has been working with building contractor Drew Smith Group to construct the six houses and a block of 50 flats in a contract worth £10.3m. Each of the family homes, located in Roundhill Close, has three bedrooms, a lounge/dining room, separate kitchen, bathroom, back garden with shed, and two parking spaces. All of the homes are available at affordable rent and form part of the council’s wider plans to transform Townhill Park and invest in the local community.
Councillor Christopher Hammond said: “We’re getting on and building the homes that our residents want us to. Homes that are affordable, good quality and are safe and secure. It was great to welcome John Healey MP to Southampton and to show him the progress at Townhill Park of the delivery of 56 new council homes. Residents’ lives will be greatly improved as a result of the City Council’s investment in Townhill Park.”
Councillor Satvir Kaur commented: “Today marks the beginning of a new era for people living in this part of Southampton. Investing in the city’s residents through providing more council homes is a priority for the council which, when combined with creating and maintaining jobs and making the city greener, cleaner and healthier, will transform the city for current and future generations.”
Community engagement has played a key role in ensuring the regeneration of Townhill Park is delivered smoothly by working with residents and new families to help them feel at home in the neighbourhood. The council first consulted with residents about the plans in 2012 and has been working with SO18 Big Local, a National Lottery-funded group which runs community activities, offers health and wellbeing support, helps people learn new skills, and provides an effective communication channel between the council and local residents.