New housing development scoops award

New housing development scoops prestigious award

Page last updated at 30 June 2016 at 12:10

Monks Brook Housing Award

A new housing development in Eastleigh has won a prestigious planning award.

The Monksbrook Estate, close to the town centre, is a distinctive development of 237 houses and flats. It won the Planning for Affordable or Discounted Housing category of the Planning and Placemaking Awards 2016 held in London.

The scheme, by Wessex Housing and their development partner, Barratt Homes, was designed by Architecture PLB, which has offices in Winchester and London. The developer and architects worked closely with Eastleigh Borough Council’s planning team on layout and design over a two-year period.

Council Leader Keith House said, “The Council is committed to providing much needed housing. This scheme is a great example of providing a mix of high quality private and affordable housing that better meets the requirements of local people in the heart of Eastleigh town.”

The Monksbrook Estate was designed to create a sense of place and foster a feeling of community. The scheme also provides private gardens.  The regeneration scheme was developed in consultation with residents and has received overwhelming approval from families who have moved into the new properties, which replaced outdated housing stock.

The scheme included the demolition of around 164 dwellings, many of which were old bungalows, and the development of 237 new houses and flats along with new open spaces and landscaping. Planning consent was granted in just eight weeks and the first phase of the £16.6 million scheme got under way in 2014, with completion of the second phase programmed for this year.

The Council was the only authority to have two developments shortlisted in the awards: The Ageas Bowl, home of Hampshire Cricket Club, was also shortlisted in the Placemaking Using Public Sector Land or Property category.