Hastoe opens new affordable housing development in Staplecross

23/09/2014
Hastoe has officially opened a new affordable housing development for the local people in Staplecross, East Sussex. This is the first rural exception site development (which means the homes are for local people now and in the future) provided within the district for several years.

StaplecrossThe development comprises of 2 two-bedroom houses and 4 three-bedroom houses for rent and 2 two-bedroom houses for shared ownership. The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Features include: PV panels, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, rain water harvesting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage and water butts.

In 2008, Hastoe, Rother District Council and Action in Rural Sussex, started a campaign to promote building new affordable homes in the district’s rural villages. It had long been recognised that there was a shortage of affordable rural housing in Staplecross and that local people were no longer able to afford to live in the area.

In 2010, Ewhurst Parish recognised the issues facing their local community and were keen to promote a scheme for their village. A housing needs survey identified the demand for a small scale development and local landowners, Mr & Mrs Hedges, agreed to sell land on the edge of the village which was earmarked for housing.

With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Rother District Council the homes were completed in April 2014.

Housing Association:             Hastoe
Parish Council:                      Ewhurst Parish Council
Local Authority:                     Rother District Council
Architect:                               ECE Architecture
Contractor:                            Hilife Construction Co Ltd & Epps Construction Ltd
Employer’s Agent:                 Betteridge & Milsom

Joy Hughes, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Rother District Council, said: “I am delighted with the outcome of this development.  The houses are beautiful and the tenants are extremely pleased with their new homes. Hastoe are to be congratulated. I look forward to the next project.”

Jacqui Hyett, Ewhurst Parish Councillor, said: “This scheme has proved just what can be achieved when various organisations work together in harmony, to create something that is needed and wanted. On behalf of Ewhurst Parish Council, we as your councillors, extend a warm welcome to the fortunate beneficiaries of these brilliant homes and hope that you all will be very happy living within the Ewhurst Parish community, also congratulations to all those who have been involved with this project.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe, said: “We are pleased to have completed these homes for local people in Staplecross who are in need of affordable housing. In areas such as this, private rents and home ownership can often be out of reach for some families.”

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