Lewes District Green Party has come out in opposition to the District Council’s proposals to turn the Buckle car park site over to developers for ‘luxury’ homes.
With at least 273 households in Seaford on the waiting list for social housing, local Greens in the town want the council’s priority to be the housing needs of ordinary people in Seaford.
Donna Lonsdale O’Brien, Green Party spokesperson for Seaford, said: “The Buckle proposals would contribute little towards meeting the town’s housing needs.
“We support the development of new truly affordable housing, but would prefer to see it built locally, so that people don’t have to move away from family, friends and schools to find a decent home.
“The development is intended to provide premium housing for sale at market rates, in order to generate funds for affordable housing elsewhere in the district.
“The development at the Buckle itself doesn’t include any ‘affordable’ housing, as is usual in this sort of development. We recognise the need to generate funds for social housing but the LDC is selling off a community asset for the very limited return of a small number of homes for people on the housing waiting list in another part of the district
“If the proposed 76 luxury homes are built on the Buckle car park site - Seaford beach and the Tide Mills are much less accessible for many residents and visitors.
“The Buckle car park is used by residents, commuters and visitors alike. It is currently the only viable facility available to provide access, including access for disabled people, to the west end of our beautiful coast line and to Bishopstone Station.
“We would like to see LDC and STC working together to provide truly affordable housing for Seaford people and we welcome the news that the Buckle proposal is on hold until a proposal that is acceptable to both councils is agreed.
“The solution should not involve the removal of a key amenity at the west end of the town or encroach on the Brickfields site – and it must have the support of the people of Seaford.”
The Buckle car park has recently been listed as an Asset of Community Value.
An LDC spokesperson said: “The money we raise from selling the Buckle car park for market housing is essential to help pay for council-owned affordable homes across the district.
“Local people who are on our waiting list for a council home and urgently in need of housing will be eligible to live in the proposed 165 new council-owned affordable homes. There are 273 people from Seaford on our list.”
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