Ten family homes in Rotherfield

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Ten families with a local connection will benefit from a new development of affordable homes nearing completion in the village of Rotherfield.

The lack of affordable homes in country areas was highlighted last week, Rural Housing Week (June 10-16 ,) organised by the National Housing Federation.

The two and three bedroom houses, built at Town Row, will be rented for around £151 and £162 a week through the Horsham-based housing association Saxon Weald, and will go some way to solve the housing shortage in the community.

Councillor Nicola Bolton, vice chair of Rotherfield Parish Council, said: “We’re delighted to see the development…It’s really important that we are able to safeguard the future of the parish by finding a way to sustain our rural community and provide local homes for local people. Credit is also due to the contractors, Trinity Homes, who have worked hard to minimise the impact of the construction work and have swiftly addressed the few minor issues that have arisen.”

Cllr Graham Wells, Wealden cabinet member for Housing, said: “This development will help to address the shortage of suitable housing for local people. The lack of current housing opportunities means that it would take nearly ten years to house all the local applicants waiting for two bedroom accommodation in the village.”

The homes are on Ellis Gardens and Padfield Close, named after the former landowner’s late husband and the late John Padfield, a parish councillor who long campaigned for affordable homes in the village. Wealden’s Local Plan (page 9) requires developers to include ‘affordable’ units in schemes.