Work begins on five affordable homes in Mayfield

Construction has started on five new Stonewater homes available for affordable rent which are within close walking distance to Mayfield village and local shops, schools and amenities.

The homes, due for completion in April next year, will be allocated by the Council to local people in the area.

Leading affordable housing provider Stonewater is partnering with Wealden District Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and regional contractors Trinity Homes Ltd, to deliver the mini-scheme which is being built on the site of a block of under-used Council garages off Southmead Close in Mayfield.

When finished, the development will provide two two-bedroom houses and three three-bedroom houses for affordable rent, each with its own private rear garden. Stonewater estimates that each affordable home will create around 2.5 local construction jobs and up to four times that many in the wider supply chain.

The low carbon, economical-to-run Southmead Close properties will each achieve a Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 energy-efficiency rating with features such as gas central heating and high levels of thermal insulation.

“Rural villages like Mayfield are seeing an exodus of local people, particularly young families, from the community due to a severe shortage of affordable housing in the area. These are the people who support and maintain local shops, schools and services and who are vital to the long-term survival and sustainability of the village, the high street and local businesses,” said George Blunden, Stonewater’s Chair. “This is why small affordable housing developments, which meet the needs of local people like this one in Southmead Close, are so important for the community. We hope that these new Stonewater homes will go some way towards tackling the village’s housing needs and ensuring that the people who drive local economic growth and prosperity in the village are able to stay here, close to their families and friends.”

“This project should make a real difference in Mayfield,” said Councillor Graham Wells, Wealden Cabinet Member for Housing. “It is always a challenge to find suitable sites to meet the need for affordable housing in rural areas. We are pleased to be working with Stonewater to improve housing opportunities for our villages.”

The Southmead Close development is being funded by Stonewater with additional grant funding support from the HCA. The housing provider has recently started construction on two other affordable housing developments in Uckfield this month.

“We are proud to be working in partnership with Stonewater to build affordable housing within Sussex,” said Marcus Cory, Managing Director for Trinity Homes. “We take pleasure in transforming a tired piece of land into homes which will benefit the local community, now and in the future. We have worked with Wealden District Council on a number of successful affordable developments in the county, providing much needed housing.”