John Lewis’ plans to help build affordable homes with local council fall through

John Lewis
John Lewis now plans on finding a "viable alternative that would allow us to provide a similar scheme"
// John Lewis’ plans to build affordable homes in Hampshire have been ditched
// The plans included offloading land on Church Lane in Longstock
// Levels of opposition to the proposals were “not insignificant” so the local council decided to pull out

John Lewis’ plans to work with a local council on building a dozen affordable homes have been cancelled after concerns were raised over an increase in traffic.

The plans for a dozen new homes in Longstock had been brought forward by Rural England and the Parish Council.

This means John Lewis Partnership would neither build or rent the properties, but “are exploring sites” with them to support their plans in its role as a landowner.

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Plans to build 12 homes in a Hampshire village were ditched. John Lewis was planning on offloading land on Church Lane in Longstock.

John Lewis now plans on finding a “viable alternative that would allow us to provide a similar scheme”.

Ward councillor for Mid Test, Tony Ward said he was “disappointed” with the news because it looked like an “attractive scheme”.

John Lewis Partnership revealed plans over the summer that it wanted to build 10,000 rental homes in the next few years to tackle the national housing shortage.

The proposals had gained support from MP Caroline Nokes, who wrote in May that affordable housing is “absolutely essential”.

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  1. John Lewis won’t exist in 10 years and what few stores it has left will be turned into housing by someone else. They need to get focused on the business, maybe they can refocus it and expand Waitrose further as that model worked for the Co-op when it closed all its other kinds of stores and focused on food.

  2. Why don’t they build affordable homes in town centres and on previously used land. We have too many empty homes and buildings still. We need LVT to encourage more efficiency.


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