Affordable housing scheme in Willingdon to begin

WORK on a scheme to create 16 new affordable homes on the site of the former Towermill Place sheltered accommodation in Willingdon, is expected to begin during the current financial year.

Wealden’s New Build Housing Project is expected to create 64 new affordable homes during the next two years with developments also taking place in Rochester House, Crowborough and Evelyn Clark House, Forest Row.

Demolition of the existing Towermill Place property is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

District Cllr Graham Wells said: “We have consulted widely with local residents and the parish council to come up with a scheme that fits in with the existing built environment and that best meets the desires of local people.

“Planning approval is a tremendous boost for our New Build Project which seeks to create 64 new council homes across Wealden at a time when there is growing uncertainty in delivering affordable homes through the planning process.

“Our 2009 Housing Needs Survey showed there is a need for 33 new affordable homes in Willingdon and Jevington every year.

“This scheme for eight two-bedroom maisonettes, four two bedroomed houses and four three bedroomed houses is a significant step in the right direction.

“Letting will be managed by Wealden District Council and priority will be given to applicants with a demonstrable local connection to the parish. 

“Under the Government’s new housing policy, they will be let at affordable levels which are below market rates but higher that current council house rents.”

All the homes will be specially designed to allow adaption to different domestic needs under the ‘Lifetime Homes’ standards.