Following the completion of the Barron Close development last year our residents remain delighted with their new homes. Families continue to flourish and the first Barron Close baby has arrived for Michelle and Matthew Chapman who married shortly after buying their first home.

The development of this rural exception site has been a huge success and the Trust very much hopes to replicate this successful formula in other areas throughout Hampshire.

WHT had been working in partnership with WCC and Micheldever Parish Council since 2008 to assess the feasibility of developing the rural exception site behind Dever Close.   The demand was clear; there was an urgent need for affordable housing in Micheldever to enable local people to remain within the Community.

The Winchester Housing Trust shared ownership scheme on this development offered a generation of young people a life changing opportunity to step onto the property ladder. Without this type of scheme the local people would be unable to buy in this beautiful rural area.   The focus of this new build development was “local housing for local people”. Without a local connection to the Parish of Micheldever the individuals buying or renting would not be eligible. One of the shared equity owners suggested that they “just want to come home”.

The development of these 15 properties was critical for the small Parish of Micheldever to fulfil the need for quality affordable housing. 7 of the properties were made available for rent and 8 were sold on a shared ownership basis.

Winchester Housing Trust is grateful to WCC and particularly to Micheldever Parish Council for their ongoing support on this exciting and much needed project.

WHT and Micheldever Parish Council will shortly be looking at a Phase 2 of Barron Close to bring forward for development in 2017.

The Barron Close development was officially opened in February 2014 by Steve Brine and the Mayor of Winchester.

The developed is named after Brian Barron who was Chief Executive of the Housing Trust for over 20 years, without his input the Trust would not be what it is today. His family were delighted to attend the opening event and a picture of the Barron family is shown in the photographs.

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