New affordable homes in Coldwaltham win national praise

A new housing development in Coldwaltham has won national recognition for its role in meeting the pressing need for affordable homes in the area.

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Shackleton Close, built by leading social housing provider Stonewater, has been shortlisted for Best Housing Development in the prestigious Inside Housing Development Awards. The award recognises schemes that boost the supply of high-quality affordable housing and create a great place where people want to live.

Shackleton Close, off Silverdale, was completed last year. It comprises eight homes, a mix of two and three-bedroom houses, for local families at low-cost affordable rent.

The development is named after famous Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose family lived in the parish.

Having studied his adventures, children from nearby St James’ Primary School helped design a carved wooden sculpture which has become a focal point of the development – depicting the type of storage chest Shackleton would have taken on his voyages.

Stonewater worked closely with Horsham District Council, parish councillors and other members of the local community to deliver the scheme.

The homes have been built to enhance the village and help local people who might otherwise struggle to afford to live in the area where they grew up.

Matthew Crucefix, Assistant Director of Development at Stonewater, said: “We are committed to supporting rural communities to continue to thrive by providing sensitive developments of much-needed high quality affordable homes.

“Working with the local community, we are proud of what we have achieved at Shackleton Close – a delightful scheme where people enjoy living – so I am delighted that this has been recognised on a national scale by the award judges.”

Winners will be announced at the Inside Housing Development Awards ceremony in London on 27th October.