New affordable rental homes open in Mayfield

Leading social housing provider Stonewater, joined Wealden District Council and contractors Trinity Homes to celebrate the opening of a development of five new affordable rental homes for local people living in the Mayfield area. The event was marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony performed by new residents Becci Stallman and Shaun Gill.

Southmead Close, Mayfield

The attractive new housing community in Southmead Close, Mayfield, features two, two-bedroom and three, three-bedroom family houses for affordable rent within close walking distance to the village shops, local services, transport and amenities. The new homes have private gardens and good parking provision.

Stonewater worked with Wealden District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and regional contractors Trinity Homes Ltd, to deliver the new energy-efficient homes which have been built on an under-used garage site previously owned by Wealden District Council.

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 the development depicting local historical events.

“As a leading housing provider, Stonewater is keen to not only build well-designed, good-quality homes, but to create housing schemes which give people a sense of place, pride and community. These new homes in Southmead Close are a great example of how a former brownfield site can be regenerated and transformed into much-needed high-quality affordable housing,” says Jonathan Layzell, Stonewater’s Executive Director for Development. “We hope that they will enable local people to stay in the area, close to their families and the community they have grown-up in.”

The scheme has been financed by Stonewater with an additional grant from the Housing and Communities Agency (HCA) for Southmead Close and two other small Stonewater developments in Uckfield.

"Providing affordable housing in Wealden’s villages is always a challenge given the lack of development space in these locations,” says Councillor Graham Wells, Wealden’s Cabinet member for Housing. “We welcome the contribution which these fine new homes in Southmead Close will mean to the supply of affordable housing in Mayfield, thanks to the efforts of Stonewater with the support of the Homes and Communities Agency.”