A £20m regeneration scheme began at Bishops Green, as Sentinel Housing Association and Hill Residential started on a new partnership contract.
"The existing 95 homes on this estate are in poor condition, and badly designed. You feel as if you are in the middle of an inner city, instead of in rural Hampshire. Because more land is available, there will be 148 new homes when the development is completed, and there will be a better mix of homes for rent, shared ownership and outright purchase."
"Sentinel have done a first class job in consulting with the local residents, and James Lewin, the local councillor, has been closely involved since the elections in May."
"The new development will have local materials, and look far better than the existing dwellings which were built for people working at Greenham Common when it was an airbase. There will be an enlarged village green in the middle."
At the ceremony were the Mayor of Basingstone and Deane Cllr Tony Jones, and the Chief Executive of Sentinel, Martin Nurse.