Leap Cross – New Development Nears Completion

Exciting new development nears completion

Wealden’s latest council house development – an exciting mix of flats and houses in Hailsham, is nearing completion

The 12 home development at the former Leap Cross industrial site was officially ‘topped out’ last Friday with a commemorative stone inserted into the wall of one of the properties.

“We’ve included 3 one-bedroom and 3 two-bedroom flats in the mix to help cater for the increasing demand for smaller homes in the District,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet member for Housing at Wealden.

“We currently have 250 people on the Council’s waiting list for housing in Hailsham and the majority are eligible for one or two bedroom accommodation.

“The ground floor flats feature floor-to-ceiling glass windows and walled gardens while and the upstairs flats benefit from balcony views. All the properties feature stunning standing seam zinc roofing, echoing the former industrial use of the site.”

As well as six flats, the development has 4 two-bedroom houses and 2 three-bedroom houses and all feature a high degree of insulation and are wired up to take the latest satellite technology.

The development has been designed by architects Churchill Hui and is being built by Eastbourne-based developer, Trinity Homes, using local professionals to deliver a high-quality finish.

The Leap Cross development is expected to be completed in May 2017, with letting taking place in the spring 2017. Leap Cross is part of the second phase of Wealden’s New Build programme which will see 101 new council homes built by 2020 in Crowborough, Hailsham, Uckfield, and Wadhurst.

The first phase of the New Build programme saw 64 new council homes built at Willingdon, Crowborough and Forest Row.

Leap Cross Foundations Laid

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.

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