NEW HOMES PROJECT: “This dark cloud has now been lifted”

Protest march against new homes proposal, Lewes SUS-151014-221644008
Protest march against new homes proposal, Lewes SUS-151014-221644008

Campaigners who have spent months protesting against plans to build hundreds of new homes across Lewes District have welcomed news the project is set to be terminated.

It was announced this morning (Monday, February 8) that Lewes District Council is set to scrap the New Homes project as it was discovered that a number of sites, including two ‘key’ locations in Seaford, were not viable for the proposed housing developments due to legal restrictions.

Councillor Sam Adeniji, who organised a number of protest marches against the proposal, said: “This is good news for us, the people of Seaford, who have been strongly opposed to losing yet another amenity.

“There has been strong local opposition to the proposal. The strength of feelings in Seaford against the proposal was shown not just in the petition but also in the public demonstration/march in Lewes that I help organised and led from the front carrying a banner urging LDC to ‘hear our voices’.

“Through motions, debate at LDC Council meetings and in meetings with LDC Officers and leader, I have continued to champion the concerns of Seafordians against this proposal and used every opportunity to not only apply pressure on LDC but to shed more light on the New Homes Project

“I am therefore pleased that the new leader and Cabinet of LDC have listened to the concerns of the people of Seaford and as the agenda states they now accept that the proposal development on Buckle Car Park is not viable. This means that LDC cannot therefore proceed with its New Homes project and wishes to terminate the contract.

“This goes to show that Lewes District Council under its new leader is indeed listening to the concerns of us, the people of Seaford.

“We want to see much-needed affordable housing in Seaford, I have assured the LDC Leader that Seaford Town Council will be willing to work with LDC to identify sites that are much suited to building much needed affordable housing in our town.

“Well done to the people of Seaford for coming together to stand up for our town.”

Maria Caulfield MP said: “I am absolutely delighted that this dark cloud has now been lifted. The proposals were clearly not in-keeping with so many neighbourhoods in the area and many of my constituents contacted me about the issue.

“Many were frankly alarmed at what was being proposed. We do need to build more houses but they have to be in keeping and appropriate for the area.”

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