Providers welcomed on board Southampton City Council’s Affordable Housing Framework

Southampton City Council has appointed four housing providers to the Affordable Housing Framework who will work in partnership with the council to deliver much needed affordable homes on council land across the city

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In April 2023, the council went out to tender for organisations to become part of the four-year framework. Following a robust evaluation process, the housing providers have successfully secured places on the Affordable Housing Framework.

The four affordable housing providers, Abri Group, Hyde Group, Sovereign Housing Association and Stonewater Ltd will work alongside the council and utilise council-owned land to address the significant need for affordable housing in Southampton. The properties developed on the framework will be a mix of social rent and affordable rent, as well as shared ownership properties which will help people get onto the housing ladder and own a share in their home.

Further information regarding the programme for the land release to the providers on the framework and the sites will be released later this year.

Councillor Lorna Fielker, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Adults, Health and Housing at Southampton City Council said:

“I am delighted that the Affordable Housing Framework has taken another step forward as we have now appointed the successful Housing Providers.

“We want our residents to live in safe and healthy homes which is why it is so important that we deliver good quality, affordable housing, to ensure our residents can live comfortably and independently for longer.

“I look forward to working in partnership with the Affordable Housing Providers to step up the delivery of more affordable housing in Southampton which in turn will improve the health and wellbeing of our residents”.

Stephen Lodge, Executive Director Development and Strategic Asset Management at Abri said:

“We’re delighted to be partnering with Southampton City Council as part of their Affordable Housing Framework.

“With the ongoing cost-of-living challenges and the increase of house prices, the need for affordable housing is greater than ever before. Together we’re ambitious to build affordable and sustainable homes that provide support to both diverse and inclusive communities. The delivery of the homes will be part of Abri’s long-term commitment to provide 10,000 new homes by 2030.”

Guy Slocombe, Chief Investment Officer at the Hyde Group said:

“Hyde’s mission is to provide more people with a roof over their head so they can make a home. Hyde specialises in partnership working and are very proud that Hyde has been appointed to Southampton's Affordable Housing Framework.

“We look forward to working in partnership with Southampton on low carbon development that delivers sustainable social value and better communities."

Matt Richardson, Head of Land and Planning at Sovereign said:

“Our ambition is to continue building high quality and sustainable homes which customers love to live in, situated in communities where they can really thrive. Our strong track record of delivering homes in the region is clear – and we’re looking forward to working alongside Southampton City Council to increase the provision of more affordable housing.”

Marie Riorden, Director of Development (South & Central) at Stonewater said:

“After a rightly rigorous selection process, we are excited to have been awarded membership of Southampton City Council’s Affordable Housing Framework. The need for high-quality affordable homes has never been greater and we are looking forward to the opportunity to work with the council and helping it to achieve its aim of increasing housing supply and reducing waiting lists for residents. 

“Many of the sites that the council is looking to develop are brownfield, so the framework will not only be delivering much-needed homes for local people, but it will also regenerate disused areas and breathe new life back into communities.”