Have your say on affordable homes in Lewes District

Do you think there is a need for more affordable housing in the Lewes District?

The views of the public are being sought by a Scrutiny Panel at Lewes District Council which is reviewing the need for affordable housing in the towns in the District.

Cllr Sarah Osborne, Chair of the Scrutiny Panel, said: “Lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing those in our District.

“We are working hard to do whatever we can to help overcome the problem. Hearing from local residents, councillors and local businesses is a vital part of that process.”

Two drop-in sessions have been organised so that residents can let the council know their views. These take place on November 19 at Malling Community Centre, Spences Lane, Lewes, at 5pm; and on November 28 at the Hillcrest Centre, Hillcrest Road, Newhaven, also at 5pm.

All the information will be considered as part of the review and will help the Panel establish recommendations that reflect the needs of Lewes District.

For this review, the definition of affordable housing is housing provided by a council or housing association which is available below the market cost level.

This can include homes rented at rent levels at approximately 50 per cent of the local market level (social rented), homes rented at affordable rent levels at approximately 80 per cent of the market rent (affordable rent), homes that are sold as a part buy/ part rent (shared ownership) or homes that are sold as a part equity purchase (shared equity).