DIDCOT-BASED Soha Housing, which has 6,700 homes across Oxfordshire and the surrounding area, is one of the top housing associations in the country for growth.

Working with developers, local authority partners, and residents, Soha built 229 new homes in 2019/20 – the majority for affordable rent and a quarter of these for shared ownership. Inside Housing, the housing sector’s trade magazine, published its annual tables on new building.

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The table looks at the affordable housing market across the UK. Achieving a 3.4 per cent growth puts Soha in the top three housing associations for the number of homes developed relative to stock size.

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Soha’s vision is to provide homes across the range of housing needs in places where people want to live and work.

Director of property and development Steve Lynch said: “We’re forecasting around 260 new homes across both rented and shared ownership by the end of this financial year. This exceeds our annual target of 250”.

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Soha aims to minimise the environmental impact of the new homes it builds through energy-efficient construction.

It also invests in resident engagement and community activities to help residents settle in quickly.