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Southampton City Council approves funding for new affordable homes in Lordshill


Plans to build 103 new affordable homes in Southampton have been given the green light after city councillors approved funding for the project to start.The former Oaklands Community School site in Fairisle Road, Lordshill, is set to be developed into 41 flats and 63 houses.The site will feature a mixture of council-rented and shared-ownership homes, while a proportion will also be made available to residents with care needs.It is proposed that the development’s design follows the contemporary style of the local area, including:Semi-detached pairs, short terraces and small blocks of two and three-storey flatsA mixture of roof designsParking assigned to each house/flat, plus additional guest parking across the siteA range of energy-efficient features, such as solar panelsSeveral areas of formal and informal play across the siteA cycle path will be rerouted through the developmentThe new homes will contribute to Southampton City Council’s 2025 targets, which include delivering 1,000 council homes. In addition to the Oaklands site, council-owned homes were also recently delivered at Townhill Park and a further 99 are underway in Wimspon Lane, Millbrook.Following a public consultation exercise in November 2018, planning consent for the project was granted in April 2019.Work on site is expected to begin later this year, once a contractor has been appointed, with the homes projected to be complete by 2022.