Hundreds attend new homes consultations


Hundreds of people attended drop-in sessions in Peacehaven, Seaford and Newhaven this week to have their say and learn more about proposals for new homes to combat the district’s housing shortage.

Local people looked though information about the schemes, viewed initial architect’s sketches, questioned advisors about the proposals and gave their views and suggestions.

Councillor Andy Smith, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “It was great to see so many people at the sessions this week. In particular, thank you to those who took the time to fill out feedback forms as these comments are helpful in taking this district project further.

“We have nearly 2,000 families on our housing waiting list and it is essential that we build homes for people in urgent need of them.”

For the New Homes project, Lewes District Council has joined forces with Brighton-based Karis Developments, which has brought together a consortium including Southern Housing Group, one of southern England’s largest housing associations, and internationally-renowned architects Conran and Partners.

Around 300 people visited the Meridian Centre in Peacehaven on Monday evening (November 2) to find out about and discuss proposals to build around 50 high-quality homes in the town.

On Tuesday night (November 3), around 200 people were at the Downs Leisure Centre for the Seaford drop-in session on plans for 76 new seafront apartments in the Buckle car park.

The Hillcrest Centre was the venue for Newhaven’s drop-in session on Wednesday (November 4). Around 200 people attended to find out about and voice their opinion on a proposal for around 96 new homes in Robinson Road.

At this week’s sessions, dates were also released for the next round of public consultation events when more detailed designs of the new homes will be on show.

The next Newhaven drop-in session will be at Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, on Tuesday, December 8.

The Main Hall of the Meridian Centre will host the next Peacehaven session on Tuesday, December 15.

People interested in the Seaford proposals are invited to view them at Clinton Centre, Clinton Hall on Thursday, December 17.

All sessions run between 4.30pm and 7.30pm.

For more details about the New Homes project visit

To have a say on the plans, email, call 01273 471600 or write to New Homes, Lewes District Council, Southover House.

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