Waverley Borough Council has agreed to allocate over £17 million to develop 46 new affordable homes for local people.
The council met on Tuesday 12 December and approved proposals to build 26 new affordable homes at Springfield in Elstead and 20 further affordable homes at Ockford Ridge in Godalming.
Providing good quality housing for people of all income levels is one of the key strategic priorities for Waverley Borough Council and these new affordable homes will help meet local housing need and create stable, inclusive communities.
The council will continue to work with specialist consultants to ensure the new homes are designed to be environmentally sustainable and look for opportunities to lower the carbon footprint when selecting construction materials. Building contracts will be put out for tender in due course and potential contractors will also be required to demonstrate how they work to minimise their environmental impact.
The delivery of these homes is subject to planning and the development team will be running drop in consultation events in 2024 to seek views and comments from the community ahead of the submission of planning applications.
Councillor Nick Palmer Waverley Borough Council Co-Portfolio Holder for Housing (Delivery) said:
“I’m proud that we are one of the few local councils that remain committed to building our own social housing stock and delivering affordable homes for the residents that need them most.
“Building affordable homes is about much more than constructing walls; it’s about delivering hope of a brighter future for people who would not otherwise be able to afford their own space.
“These projects represent another significant financial investment by Waverley Borough Council into the provision of affordable housing in the borough, helping more people to move off the housing waiting list and into homes of their own.”