More than 200 homes that have been left unoccupied since the army moved out of Whitehill & Bordon could soon be back in use.
The homes were declared ‘surplus to requirements’ in 2017 and are formally due to be handed back to developers Annington on 27 March 2019.
Some of the former army homes have been empty for over four years as the MOD continued its move out of the town. Many of the homes have suffered from vandalism and will require a comprehensive refit.
A team of contractors are already onsite on behalf of Annington, assessing damage, making them safe and secure and preparing to carry out the works required to make them ready for a new generation of families. Some of the homes are expected to be ready for rent during 2020 with the remainder – requiring significant repair – during 2021.
Cllr Ferris Cowper said the move is good news for existing residents of Whitehill & Bordon.
“It’s not healthy to have 200 homes left unoccupied for an extended period of time,” he said. “Putting these homes back on the market will breathe new life into the area as families move in to contribute to the local economy and the community.
“It is going to require a significant investment by Annington but we will be working with the company to help them as they work on readying St Lucia Park for the next chapter in its story.”
Richard Sewter, Assistant Head of Accommodation Plans and Requirements at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, the part of the Ministry of Defence responsible for military housing, said: “It’s unfortunate that a number of these houses were damaged by vandals despite significant preventative measures put in place. However, we’re pleased that despite this these houses. which are no longer required for military personnel, will have a new role in the community as homes for local families.”