Mayor opens Fareham affordable housing scheme

AFFORDABLE housing facilities in Fareham has been growing in demand over recent years – hence the need for work to meet growing issues and the latest development of Rose Court being officially completed earlier this week.

A special ceremony was held on Thursday, July 22, with the keys being handed over to the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Pamela Bryant, by the site developers.

Utilising a former disused brownfield site, Rose Court comprises 18 one and two-bedroom apartments. These modern facilities are to be made available at a social rent – the most affordable of homes – to residents/households on Fareham Borough Council’s housing register. The site is located on the corner of Fareham Park Road and Highlands Road, offering good public transport links to the town centre and beyond.

All of the 18 homes will be offered at a social rent thanks to a successful grant bid to Homes England for over £1.2 million. Fareham Housing then worked together with Solent-based MH Architects and local building company FE Chase & Sons to deliver the project.

Due to continuing challenges relating to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting lockdowns, there were some delays in the scheme. However, it was possible to complete it in two phrases instead of the original plan. Homes completed in phase one, were ready and occupied in February 2021. This ceremony marks the final handover of homes on the development now phrase two has been completed nearly six months ahead of schedule.

Executive Member for Housing at Fareham Borough Council Councillor Fred Birkett said: “There is a growing need for affordable housing in Fareham, so we are thrilled that this new development is now complete and more residents from our housing register can now move in.

“We were keen to work with Solent-based companies to develop this brownfield site which had remained unused for many years. Everyone involved in this project has worked hard to ensure that it was completed as quickly as possible, despite incredibly challenging circumstances. I’m looking forward to seeing the development filled with new residents very shortly.”

Rose Court resident Leah Simmons moved into her apartment when phase one of the project was completed.

She said in a press release on the Fareham Borough Council website: “Before I moved in, I was living with my parents.

“As a wheelchair user it was not ideal as there were steps into the front door and only a first-floor bathroom, so I had to crawl around the house. It was well worth the wait for my apartment as it is fully adapted for me with a height-adjustable kitchen, wet room and it is so much better than I was expecting. I have been here for three months now and I am settled and very happy.”

(Photograph property of Fareham Borough Council – reproduced with permission)