Work underway on £8m housing complex in Winchester

Andover Advertiser: Architect's impression of the £8m development on St Scross Road Architect's impression of the £8m development on St Scross Road

WORK is underway on an £8m housing complex in Winchester.

Last year city councillors approved plans for 14 homes at the former Peugeot garage on St Cross Road, with former housing boss, Cllr Ian Tait, welcoming the development as a “landmark” building for the city.

The Bargate Homes project is slated for completion by summer 2015 and was funded in part by a loan from NatWest.

Managing director of Bargate Homes, Angus Cook, approached Ian Cooke of NatWest for assistance with funding and agreed on a property development loan of £4.7m.

The 2,700sq metre site previously comprised several commercial premises, including a Peugeot garage and a furniture store.

It also includes a former 19th century coach house which will be converted into two family homes, while a new four-storey building will provide nine flats, alongside a newly-built terrace of three four-bedroom houses.

Planning officers argued that demolition of commercial buildings in favour of new homes would clash with council policy, but in July councillors voted the application through.

Mr Cook said: “Ian at NatWest has been extremely supportive and, through what have been fairly horrific times for the property industry, the bank has continued to support us.”

Mr Cooke, a relationship director at the bank, said: “Bargate has gone from strength to strength and as well as building beautiful homes, the company has created local jobs and will make a significant contribution to the local economy. We’re delighted to have supported this project.”

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5:56pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Juan202 says...

Affordable housing for low wage families, no doubt?
Affordable housing for low wage families, no doubt? Juan202
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9:07am Wed 22 Jan 14

winchres says...

Nice to see what looks like a nicely designed development to enhance the entrance into Winchester, unlike the Hampshire County Council building.
Nice to see what looks like a nicely designed development to enhance the entrance into Winchester, unlike the Hampshire County Council building. winchres
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2:50pm Thu 23 Jan 14

jonone says...

Juan202 wrote:
Affordable housing for low wage families, no doubt?
Nope. Under the threshold that demands lower paid families are provided cheaper housing alongside people who work their backsides off to pay their own way in society.*

Ooh, did I say that out loud??

Saying that, these smaller housing firms seem to do a better job with design than the bigger housing firms. (Who get huge tax payer kickbacks to build you beloved affordable housing)

*I grew up in Winchester but could not afford to live there before the benefit apologists rain down on the "down vote" due to me for not having kids I cannot afford etc
[quote][p][bold]Juan202[/bold] wrote: Affordable housing for low wage families, no doubt?[/p][/quote]Nope. Under the threshold that demands lower paid families are provided cheaper housing alongside people who work their backsides off to pay their own way in society.* Ooh, did I say that out loud?? Saying that, these smaller housing firms seem to do a better job with design than the bigger housing firms. (Who get huge tax payer kickbacks to build you beloved affordable housing) *I grew up in Winchester but could not afford to live there before the benefit apologists rain down on the "down vote" due to me for not having kids I cannot afford etc jonone
  • Score: 3

3:53pm Fri 24 Jan 14

retiredoldgit says...

Looks good. I wonder how long it will be before National Tyres relocates, pockets a fortune for the land and their site is redeveloped into flats and houses?.
Looks good. I wonder how long it will be before National Tyres relocates, pockets a fortune for the land and their site is redeveloped into flats and houses?. retiredoldgit
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