Answering the housing need in Hailsham
With the foundations now laid, progress continues on Wealden District Council’s new build council house development at the site of the former Leap Cross business Park in Hailsham
This project, which is being built for the Council by local building contractor Trinity Homes, will deliver 12 high quality affordable homes, all with their own private outside space in the form of gardens or balconies. The development includes 3 one-bedroom maisonettes, 3 two-bedroom maisonettes, 4 two-bedroom houses, and 2 three-bedroom houses which will be made available for rent to local people from the Council’s Housing Register. The development, costing around £2,000,000, is expected to be ready for occupation in June 2017.
“One of our top priorities is to address the need for more affordable homes for local people.” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden District Council. “Hailsham has the highest housing need of any town in the District, and these new council houses are the real brick and mortar answer to needs of our local communities.”
There are about a thousand applicants on the Council’s Housing Register, and over a quarter of these are waiting for accommodation in Hailsham.
This development makes use of a Council-owned brownfield site containing industrial units which were no longer fit for purpose. The tired old industrial units have now been demolished to make way for this high quality, attractive development providing a positive impact on the neighbourhood and delivering housing in which people will want to live.
Photo shows Councillor Graham Wells helping lay the foundations for the new development.