Monk Court, a development by Sentinel Housing, formally opened on Monday. It comprises 15 flats on the site of the former pub in New Road.
"While many of the regulars were sad to see the Merrie Monk close, Andover probably had more pubs than it could reasonably sustain and, given the shortage of affordable housing, it made sense for the site to be sold to Sentinel Housing for the provision of high quality flats.
Neighbours said they were happy for the pub to be replaced by a quieter residential development, and it was good to meet Steve Wilson and his family in their new home. I think the development melds with the rest of the housing in the area, and Sentinel have allocated £34,000 to Vigo Park as a developer contribution for new play equipment and the re-surfacing of the tennis courts and improving the paths."
The £1.6 million cost was funded by £800,000 worth of grant from the Homes and Communities Agency, with the balance coming from loans raised by Sentinel.
The Chief Executive Officer of Sentinel, Martin Nurse, welcomed Sir George and other civic guests to the development, and they were shown round and visited one of the flats.