Councillors agree to housing development

Cllr Margaret Bannister 25th May 2011 E21174M ENGSNL00120110526172530
Cllr Margaret Bannister 25th May 2011 E21174M ENGSNL00120110526172530

Almost 200 extra houses will be provided by 2018 - thanks to a £14million development programme in order to meet the town’s housing needs.

Councillors at a cabinet meeting on July 16 agreed the programme which will allow for the development of 180 extra homes by 2018.

The programme will be supported by bids made to government to help meet the cost of the developments.

Councillor Margaret Bannister, portfolio holder for housing, said, “Extending our existing development programme will help local people obtain good quality homes at affordable rents. It will enable Eastbourne Homes to bring even more empty properties back into use.”

The council is also looking at ways to best deliver the homes. Cabinet approved work to assess the benefits of setting up a new housing company. The first phase is set to deliver 55 new homes and three commercial units.

Councillors also granted £200,000 for a Housing Rescue Emergency Fund to help prevent vulnerable people losing their home.

In addition, Cabinet members approved work to determine the viability of extending Solarbourne, a council programme to install solar panels on homes.

Cllr Bannister added, “The proposed extension of Solarbourne will help more residents on low incomes to benefit from the wonderful sunshine we experience in Eastbourne.”