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Radian delivers biggest development Winchester has seen in over ten years

Wednesday 21st March 2012
This week, Radian officially opened the largest scheme of new family homes developed in Winchester, Hampshire, for more than a decade. The new community in "The Dell" is made up of 21 homes for General Needs Rent, with eight for Shared Ownership. Despite a report this week, by the Tenant Services Authority, reporting an increase in the number of unsold shared ownership units for the last quarter, all but one of these new homes have already been sold.

The site originally contained garages owned by Winchester City Council (WCC) and a privately owned house, set on a large plot of land. A considerable amount of work was undertaken in order to get the site together, due to the fact that there was more than one landowner. Radian and partners WCC and Parsons and Joyce, started on site in 2009, after planning conditions and pre-start works were completed.

Because of the complicated topography of the site, the houses were completed in phases to make the process easier. Despite this challenge and delays caused by a particularly harsh winter to end 2009, the build programme was kept on track by site manager, Ken Haslar, and delivered on time.

The homes, which have all been awarded Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, are fitted with solar panels that will heat the household's hot water. They are split into: 2 x 4 bed, 9 x 3 bed and 6 x 2 bed houses, and 4 x 1 bed flats all for affordable rent; and 2 x 3 bed and 2 x 2 bed houses, and 4 x 2 bed flats for purchase through Shared Ownership.

Tim Willcocks, Radian's Head of Development: "It's a really exciting new scheme, which I'm pleased to say has helped local people meet their aspirations of home ownership. Radian is delighted to be involved in such a scheme in Winchester and we would be happy to work on similar projects in the District in future."

Steve Brine, the Conservative MP for the constituency covering Winchester & Chandler's Ford opened the development with Radian Chair, Richard Hastilow, said: "I hope all the families I met today settle in quickly, and enjoy living in the wonderful community in Kings Worthy."

The first homes were occupied in October, with the final properties made available to Radian in February. The scheme was part-funded by a £1.6m grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and serves as a fine example of a Local Authority, Developer and Registered Provider working together to provide good quality, affordable, family homes, in a desirable area where there is much need.

Indeed, Councillor Ian Tait commentated: "What a success this is. 29 absolutely marvellous homes desperately needed by the people of Kings Worthy and the wider Winchester area. What could be better?" Kiera Watson, one of The Dell's new residents, agreed with the councillor: "It is a marvellous new development, which is great for us as we've finally got a home of our own. We're really happy in our lovely new home, we feel very honoured and it's a real privilege to live here. We're now looking forward to getting involved in the community. Thank you very much."
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