Wealden District councillors and bosses from housing providers Stonewater met last week to mark the start of construction of eight new homes for affordable rent in Uckfield.
Also on the agenda was the firm’s provision of five new affordable homes on the site of underused garages off Southmead Close near Mayfield.
Stonewater is working with Wealden, the Homes and Communities Agency and Trinity Homes Ltd, (HCA) to deliver the urgently-needed Uckfield housing which will be built on previously under-used car parking sites bought from the council.
They’ll provide a mix of eight homes for affordable rent with two three-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom flats being built in Lealands Drive, and two three-bedroom homes in Campbell Close. Each house will have its own private rear garden, while a communal outdoor area will be available for residents. The homes, to be finished next April, are being financed by Stonewater with additional grant funding support from the HCA.
The new rental housing will be a welcome sight for Uckfield residents, particularly young people, struggling to find affordable accommodation in the area where an affordable housing shortage is putting more pressure on the rental market, pushing up prices. They will be allocated to members of the community by Wealden District Council.
Each home will have gas central heating and will be insulated to help achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level three energy-efficiency rating to keep energy bills down.
Both developments are within walking distance of local shops and public transport links.
George Blunden, Stonewater director said: “Rural towns and villages like Uckfield and Mayfield need affordable housing. Providing a small number of homes like these can have a huge impact on the long-term economic health of a community. There is also an exodus of local people, particularly young families, from communities due to shortages of this type of home.”
Wealden’s housing cabinet member Cllr Graham Wells said: “It is important we make the best use of what little property the Council owns. With more than a 1,000 people looking for affordable housing in Wealden, we are keen to work with partners and to build homes ourselves in order to help residents.”
Trinity Homes director Marcus Cory added: We are happy to be working in partnership with Stonewater and Wealden District Council to build these much-needed new homes for Sussex.”
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