Testway Housing, part of the Aster Group, formally opened their new development - the Signals - at New St, Andover. Built on the site of some railway cottages, the 18 flat development contains social housing for rent for those on the waiting list.
The £3 million scheme was funded by Test Valley Borough Council, the Aster Group, and the Homes and Community Agency who provided a grant of £810,000.
It was built by Mansells, and the development has a high eco rating. Rent on the two bed homes are from £100 to £107.56 a week.
The Chairman of Testway Housing, Geoff Mitchell, welcomed the guests who included the Mayor and Mayoress of Test Valley, Cllr and Mrs Ian Hibberd, Cllr Sandra Hawke, the Portfolio Holder for Housing, Cllr Rod Bailey, Steven Benson, the President of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the new Chief Executive of Testway Bjorn Howard and Sir George.
Entertainment was provided by Fraser Hooper, a mimer; with poems read about the railway and plain English.
Residents made their homes available. "The flats are spacious and well-designed - but we need lots more like this to provide the accommodation the town needs. I hope that, despite the recession, Testway will be able to continue with their development programme."