The first tranche of new homes has been completed in Lewes district through Aspiration Homes, the council’s development company.

Aspiration Homes has brought forward five three-bedroom affordable houses out of the new Trinity Homes development of 27 homes on the former Grays School site in Western Road, Newhaven.

Out of the five, four homes are for rent and are being made available through Lewes District Council’s housing register and one home is being offered under shared ownership for households who want to purchase part of their own home.

The ambition is to deliver 215 new homes through Aspiration Homes across Lewes and Eastbourne by 2021/22.

Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“There is a real need for three bedroom family homes in the district so I’m particularly delighted with this development.

“Monthly utility bills will be reduced thanks to solar panels on each property and they also have a high specification of insulation, ensuring heat is retained and utility bills are reduced.”

The development is within walking distance of the town centre and local schools and with nearby bus stops, there is easy access to Brighton and other neighbouring towns.

Councillor Meyer added:

“The delivery of high quality homes for those who need them most is a top priority for the Co-operative  Alliance.  

“The acute shortage of affordable homes is a challenge for every local authority.  Here across the  Lewes District we are using a mix of development options to increase our housing supply ​for residents.   The Alliance’s overriding aim being to bring forward many more such innovative schemes over the next four years.”