Civic chiefs meet to discuss former Winchester care home site

Basingstoke Gazette: An impression of the new development on the Victoria House site An impression of the new development on the Victoria House site

CIVIC chiefs met to discuss the future of the site of a former Winchester care home which could cost the council over £6m to develop.

Cabinet members voted unanimously to demolish Victoria House on Victoria Road, to make way for a new development consisting of 27 new flats.

But some councillors voiced concerns over the cost of the scheme citing that they wanted confirmation of how the funds would be spent if agreed to at planning committee.

Cllr Stephen Godfrey said: “I’m very keen to have this scheme put forward quickly but I don’t think we can make a decision to spend £6.1m if there’s a lack of scrutiny on how it’s being spent.”

The proposal is for 18 rented and nine shared ownership flats to be developed together with undercroft car parking facilities.

The aim of the project is to free up larger council-owned family homes across the district.

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1:21pm Thu 13 Feb 14

campfreddie says...

"The proposal is for 18 rented and nine shared ownership flats to be developed together with undercroft car parking facilities."

Underground car parking? Really, for rental and shared ownership properties? This type of parking is provided for the mega rich where parking is at a premium. These flats will be in the town centre, opposite the railway station. It is one of the most sustainable sites in Winchester. How on earth can the City Council justify spending all this money on underground car parking? What have WinACC got to say about this?

Considering WCC owns the site, £6 million pounds works out at £223K per flat. How much would they cost without the parking?
"The proposal is for 18 rented and nine shared ownership flats to be developed together with undercroft car parking facilities." Underground car parking? Really, for rental and shared ownership properties? This type of parking is provided for the mega rich where parking is at a premium. These flats will be in the town centre, opposite the railway station. It is one of the most sustainable sites in Winchester. How on earth can the City Council justify spending all this money on underground car parking? What have WinACC got to say about this? Considering WCC owns the site, £6 million pounds works out at £223K per flat. How much would they cost without the parking? campfreddie

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