Eight much-needed affordable rental homes open in Uckfield
Two small developments of affordable rental homes have been opened in Uckfield this week by leading social housing provider Stonewater.
The new developments provide a combined mix of eight homes for affordable rent, with two three-bedroom houses and four two-bedroom flats at Stoneway Court in Lealands Drive, and two three-bedroom homes in Campbell Close. Each house has a private back garden with communal outdoor spaces provided for residents living in the new flats.
The new rental properties come at a time when a growing shortage of affordable housing in the area is putting significant pressure on the rental market pushing average prices out of the reach of many local people, particularly young families. The Stonewater homes will be allocated to members of the community by Wealden District Council.
Stonewater worked with Wealden District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Trinity Homes Ltd to deliver the small housing schemes which have been built on previous underused car parking sites purchased from the Council. The homes were financed by Stonewater with additional grant funding support from the HCA.
Each home has been designed for high energy efficiency, making it low cost and economical to run. Both housing developments are within walking distance to the town centre and public transport links and local shops
“Providing a small number of homes in the right locations within towns like Uckfield can have a huge positive impact on the long-term sustainability of the town,” says Jonathan Layzell, Stonewater’s Executive Director Designate for Development. “These new developments have made good use of underused brownfield sites and will help local residents who would not have otherwise been able to afford to live in the area, stay close to their friends, family and place of work. We look forward to continuing our long and successful partnership with the Council and developing more affordable schemes like these where they are needed most in the Wealden area.”
“Schemes like these, however small, can have a significant benefit for local people,” says Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet Member for Housing at Wealden District Council. “By working with Stonewater, Trinity Homes and the Homes and Communities Agency, we have been able to put this underused space to much better use.
Stonewater commissioned Budd Mosaics in association with ‘a space’ arts, an organisation which provides opportunities for emerging artists, to create a bespoke mosaic panel for both developments depicting local historical events
Stonewater’s Stoneway Court housing scheme was also short-listed for a Local Authority Building Control (LABC) Building Excellence Award for ‘Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development’.