New Council Homes for Crowborough residents

OLDER Crowborough residents stand to benefit from a new state-of-the-art social housing development on Beacon Road. The scheme, which started building this week, is a partnership between Wealden District Council and charitable housing association Sussex Housing and Care.

The project is being part-funded by a £1.6m grant from the Government’s Homes and Communities Agency.

The aim of the project is to create extra family council homes. It will do that by encouraging older tenants of council houses, whose children have moved out, to move to the development.

This should free up their under-occupied council home for a family on the waiting list.

The 16 one and two bedroom flats and three two bedroom bungalows will be completed by March next year, and will be available for Wealden Council tenants aged 55 and over living on their own or with a partner in a family-sized home.

Cllr Johanna Howell, Wealden’s affordable housing member, said: “I’m delighted that building work is beginning on this site, which has stood empty for seven years.

“The provision of specialised affordable housing for older people will help to meet a growing need for this type of accommodation as well as helping provide family homes for local residents.”

The development will be next to SHC’s residential care home and sheltered housing schemes on Beacon Road, with a high energy efficiency and maintenance specification to keep residents’ bills down.