Plumpton homes given the go-ahead

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Planning consent has been granted for 14 units of affordable housing accommodation in North Barnes Lane, Plumpton Green.

It will comprise one and two bedroom flats, two bedroom houses and one three bedroom house and will be available solely for Plumpton residents or those with strong local connections in perpetuity.

They will be the first affordable homes built in the village for about 15 years and will help ease the shortage of such accommodation, thus enabling some young people to return to or remain in their home village and assist some older people to downsize their homes to make existing ones available for families.

Some three years ago Plumpton Parish Council was alerted to a strong demand for affordable housing and enlisted the help of Action in rural Sussex (AirS) to conduct a survey into the need. The response was well above average and revealed a potential demand for 42 units.

As a result a working group of three parish councillors and representatives from AirS and Lewes District Council’s Housing Department was set up to try to satisfy at least some of that demand.

The plot in North Barnes Lane was chosen as it is within walking distance of the school, the shop, bus route, railway station, pre-school facilities and the village hall.

Hastoe Housing Association was asked to formulate a scheme which was later presented to a public consultation event. Representatives from 127 households signed the attendance register.

Subsequently Plumpton Parish Council gave its blessing to the proposal and a planning application was submitted.

District councillor Sarah Osborne (Plumpton, Streat, East Chiltington and St John Without), who has chaired a review into rural affordable housing that demonstrated a chronic shortage, spoke in its favour at the planning meeting. She said “I feel confident in the selection of this site as the best opportunity for providing homes for people from Plumpton and that Hastoe’s excellent track record of delivery will ensure an excellent final product.”

Plumpton Parish Council Chairman Paul Nicholson said: “This development promises to deliver some badly needed affordable homes to our village and thus help our community retain a balance of young and old to safeguard its future structure.”