The first residents of four new social homes in Great Haseley are moving in for Christmas.
The two one-bed flats and one two-bed house at affordable rent and one shared ownership (part-buy, part-rent) three-bed house at Wincey
View were developed by Soha Housing on a Rural Exception Site.
These sites allow for land in or adjoining small settlements, which would not normally be used for general market housing, to be developed by
a social landlord to build affordable homes. The provison is that they should accommodate households who are either current residents or
have an existing family or employment connection. As the name suggests, these sites are hard to bring to fruition, but when permission is
granted, they provide village communities with opportunities to thrive.
Steve Lynch, Director of Property and Development at Soha Housing, said: “We welcome working closely with Parish Councils to demonstrate
local housing need and build properties which benefit local communities.”
David Simcox, Chair of Great Haseley Parish Council (pictured front right with members of the Parish Council, Adam Jervis of the builder
Feltham Construction and Soha Housing’s Andy Sumser) said: “This project has had a long gestation but the Parish Council has persisted and,
with huge help from Community First Oxfordshire, South Oxfordshire District Council and Soha Housing, we are on the verge of welcoming
the first occupants. We are looking forward to them contributing to and enjoying all that the village has to offer.”