New Affordable Homes Planned for Arun District

01/10/2013
Arun District Council has appointed Hastoe Housing Association as its Development Agent to help provide more housing in the District.

Cllr Elkin and Jane GallifentThe last time the Council built homes was in 1992 and since the right to buy was introduced in 1980 nearly four thousand have been sold to the benefit of Arun District Council tenants that were eligible to purchase under this scheme in the Arun District.

Hastoe Housing Association owns and manages over 5,000 affordable homes across the region and will work with the Council to identify suitable sites on underused or vacant council land, appraise and obtain planning permission for the new affordable homes. They will then be responsible for managing the procurement and supervision of the works contracts through to handover of the new homes to the Council.

Councillor Roger Elkins, Portfolio Cabinet member for Housing at Arun District Council said: “Not only will this new initiative provide new affordable homes at social rents to meet the pressing local housing needs, it will also help create jobs and stimulate the local economy.”

Under new financial rules the Council can now retain the rental income from its housing and instead of paying it to the Government it can use some of this income to invest in new homes. The Council will also receive a ‘new homes bonus’ from the Government for each new house  it produces and can use some of the income from right to buy sales to fund the units.

Jane Gallifent, Hastoe’s regional Head of Development, said: “Hastoe is extremely pleased to be able to work with Arun District Council in delivering affordable homes in the district. We are currently developing homes in 62 local authorities across southern England and we will draw on our experience to help Arun provide some high quality new homes.” Following the site appraisal, planning and consultation process it is hoped the first phase of the planned new homes will start on site early in 2014.

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