Eastleigh Borough Council will get nearly £20 million from the government’s Housing Infrastructure Fund to help tackle traffic congestion ahead of two housing projects in the borough on land west of Horton Heath and the construction of a bypass for Botley.
The funding will support local work that will help the Council to meet government housing targets by making future housing developments more viable and helping to ensure much-needed homes are built quicker as part of a comprehensive programme to fix the broken housing market.
The Council in partnership with Hampshire County Council submitted a joint bid for the Botley Bypass scheme and County also supported Eastleigh’s Bid for the scheme on land west of Horton Heath.
This latest investment will fund key local infrastructure projects including new roads, cycle paths, bridges, flood defences and land remediation work, all essential ahead of building new homes.
Council Leader Keith House, “We are delighted that the Council will get the funding for these two important schemes. Our priority is ensuring that we tackle traffic congestion ahead of building the new homes that local people desperately need. The funding for these two schemes will help to achieve this by providing critical road infrastructure that will help unlock the delivery of these new homes.
He added, ”Without this financial support these projects would struggle to go ahead or take years for work to begin, delaying the homes that our communities need.”