Ground-breaking scheme to provide homes for local people

housing

Published Friday 7 October 2016

An innovative scheme has seen two affordable homes being built by the National Park Authority and let to local families in Bransgore.

Around 80 people are on the council waiting list in the Bransgore area alone, and the New Forest housing market makes it difficult for many local people to find affordable homes to allow them to stay in the area.

The land at Ringwood Road was kindly provided on a 999 year lease by local landowner Richard Frampton, who is a National Park Authority member, specifically for affordable housing.

A first for a National Park, the Authority had to set up a new legal framework to allow it to construct the homes and become a landlord.

Executive Director of Strategy and Planning Steve Avery said: ‘We worked closely with New Forest District Council’s housing team to find suitable tenants who had a local connection and set the rent at an affordable level.

‘We’re extremely grateful to Richard for donating the land which has enabled us to pioneer this new approach to delivering small scale affordable housing schemes in the National Park. The properties were built with developer contributions received over the last few years and any profits will be put back into similar schemes. Now two other

New Forest villages have come forward to see if they can work with us to provide more affordable homes in this way.’

The two three-bed homes were built to high environmental standards including air-source heat pumps and artificial slate tiles which act as solar panels.

Jane and David Nibbs and their three children have moved into one of the Bransgore houses. Jane said: ‘I’m from the village and it’s been lovely to move in as we lived in a two-bedroom flat before so it has made such a difference.’

Landowner Richard Frampton said: ‘I’ve known Jane’s family for many years so it’s great to see the houses occupied by local families. I couldn’t really use the land for anything else and it would be fantastic if other landowners came forward with redundant sites to allow us to provide more affordable homes.’

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Notes to Photo Editor:

Front left: National Park Authority Chief Executive Alison Barnes, New Forest West MP Sir Desmond Swayne and landowner Richard Frampton with the team behind the housing project

Notes to Editor:

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect - Enjoy - Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park - Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit www.newforestnpa.gov.uk to find out more.

Media Contacts:

Hilary Makin, Communications Manager, New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646608
Email: hilary.makin@newforestnpa.gov.uk

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