Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Houses set to be within reach of first-time buyers

THOSE who have been following the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan in the Henley Standard will know the proposed sites for 450 new homes.

THOSE who have been following the joint Henley and Harpsden neighbourhood plan in the Henley Standard will know the proposed sites for 450 new homes.

These include sites in Deanfield Avenue; a field to the south-west of Fair Mile; land at Parkside, off Gravel Hill; the former Jet garage site off Reading Road; Highlands Farm, Henley Enterprise Park and the offices of Makower textiles, all off Greys Road; a site in Chilterns End Close; and the former Royal Marines Reserve headquarters in Friday Street.

But what kind of new housing will be built there? A large percentage has been allocated to suit first-time buyers - which should mean ‘affordable’. Town councillor Dieter Hinke, who oversees the process as chairman of the neighbourhood planning governance committee, said: “I expect 40 per cent of the 450 new homes to be affordable.

“The main concern with them is to make sure that they stay affordable.



“In the past, in this area, new homes that had been affordable were being sold on after two or three years for a huge profit. The best way to avoid this happening is to have them as rental properties, managed by some sort of management company, such as Soha Housing. It’s unfair that a lot of people who work in Henley, can’t afford to live here, too.

“This new housing should hopefully look to rectify this some way.”

Standard Property couldn’t agree more.



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