Ceremony marks the start of twenty-five affordable homes for locals at Crawley Down

15/07/2011
14 July 2011

Cllr Christopher Snowling, Cabinet Member for Health and Community at Mid Sussex District Council and Cllr Neville Walker, Chairman, Worth Parish Council will officially mark the start of building works of twenty-five affordable homes at Hophurst Lane, Crawley Down today. Together, they will turn the first earth using an excavator watched by the key partners in the project.

A Hastoe Housing Association development, nineteen of the homes will be for affordable rent and the remaining six for purchase through shared ownership.

The £2.5million project will be built by family owned building contractor Osborne and is expected to complete by February 2012. It will be built to the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and include environmental features including photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity. A village green will provide a focal point for the development, served by a newly created access road.

The occasion is part of the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week (11-15 July) celebrations, where housing providers are promoting the importance of providing new homes in rural areas at affordable prices.

Jane Gallifent, Regional Head of Development, Hastoe added:
“We are pleased be starting on site with these much-needed properties. House prices in this area, for rent and sale, are out of the reach for many and this development is an opportunity for them to find an affordable home, close to home.  We would particularly like to thank Crawley Down Parish Council for their hard work and support for this project, which will provide affordable housing for local people.”

Cllr Christopher Snowling commented:
“I’m delighted that we are able to come together to launch the start of this affordable rural housing scheme in what is, appropriately, Rural Housing Week. It is a testament to the hard work of all those involved, not least the parish council, in bringing forward these much needed homes for local people who otherwise might have had to move away from their village and community. This is set to be a really high quality, energy efficient scheme that keeps both rents and running costs down for residents.”

Jason Glue, Director of Osborne’s Homes Sector, said:
“The idea of a village green will provide a real focal point for the future community. Surrounded by groups of housing and meandering garden walls, it will create a natural feeling to the new development.
We hope the future local residents will be very happy in the homes we are helping to complete.”

The scheme was designed by PCKO Architects.

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For more information please contact Rebecca Beaumont at Hastoe, rbeaumont@hastoe.com or call 020 8973 0437.

Notes to Editors
Osborne is one of the UK's leading family-owned construction, civil engineering and property services businesses, with expertise in delivering projects for our clients in affordable and social housing, civic buildings & amenities, commercial property, education, healthcare and transport (including airports, highways and rail). Founded in 1966 by civil engineer Geoffrey Osborne, it employs over 900 people, has eight offices in the southern half of the UK and turned over £311 million in its last financial year. www.osborne.co.uk
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