Test Valley Borough Council has secured funding of up to £14,000 for bespoke expert support to explore ways to unlock development on Romsey Brewery.
Stanborough Developments Ltd received planning permission for 211 dwellings in 2006 but only 13 houses have been built. The Council has been in regular contact with the developer who has made slow progress with plans.
Planning Portfolio Holder, Councillor Nick Adams-King, said: "When I was appointed to the Planning Portfolio I undertook to explore any option to resolve the issue of the Romsey Brewery site. This is therefore great news as it means the Council can seek specialist advice about what we can do to help bring this forward. The small number of residents who do live on the site have been extremely patient but they shouldn't have to live in a partially built development. I'm very much looking forward to opening up discussions with specialists who can help us to progress matters."
The funding has come from the Local Government Association's (LGA) Housing Advisers programme, which was designed to support authorities to deliver projects that help meet the housing need of its local area.