Much needed affordable homes and a new village hall have been given the go-ahead for the East Hampshire village of Stroud.
The outcome of a detailed Housing Needs Survey, financed by East Hampshire District Council, has identified a real need for affordable houses in Stroud.
EHDC member for the area, Cllr Nick Drew, worked in partnership with the parish council to make the new homes and the accompanying hall a reality, delivered by developer CALA Homes.
The Chairman Stroud Parish Council, Cllr David McKinney, said: “Ultimately the building of affordable homes in Ramsdean Road, Stroud, will have a positive impact on the village, allowing local Stroud residents the opportunity to continue to live in their community while the building of homes for the open market brings new jobs to the area. Alongside this of course, it also provides a new village hall for all existing and future residents of Stroud.
“My thanks to Cllr Nick Drew EHDC and Chris Paterson, Communities Lead at South Downs National Park, for their support and guidance during this process."
EHDC Cllr Nick Drew, ward member Froxfield, Stroud and Steep, said: “With the SDNPA we ran surveys to confirm the need for affordable homes and provided advice to the parish council. This has now led to agreement for up to 30 homes and a new village hall.
“It’s so rare to see affordable homes built in a village such as Stroud and getting a brand, new village hall is a real boost for the community!”
Rob Hall, Land Director for CALA Homes (Thames), said: “Building homes within the South Downs National Park is a privilege. It requires a respectful and sensitive approach combined with a quality end result. CALA Homes have worked closely with Stroud Parish Council, local residents and stakeholders and the SDNPA to create a respectful scheme that we hope will add to the character and enjoyment of the village.
“The site will deliver a new community village hall, 12 affordable homes and 18 private homes all set within a landscape-led development. The end goal was always to make a place that residents and local people can be proud of – and the community have been an integral part of helping us achieve this.”