Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have today (Thursday 11 June) agreed a series of measures to bring forward new affordable homes in the district.  The wide-ranging plan includes 12 new properties at Saxonbury House, the first affordable housing developed in Lewes Town for five years.

The Saxonbury House scheme will create six two-bed flats and six one-bed flats and will see local residents on the council’s housing register take possession of their new homes in April 2021. 

Councillor James MacCleary, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Prosperity, said:

“At a time when good news is very thin on the ground, this report certainly makes welcome reading for anyone who cares about the availability of social housing in the district.

“When the Cooperative Alliance took control of the council less than a year ago, we made the delivery of affordable and sustainable homes central to all our plans.  I was delighted with the five homes we announced in Newhaven at the end of last year and I am greatly encouraged and excited by the prospect of what is still to come.”

While preliminary clearance on the Saxonbury House site is already underway, formal works will begin in July as contractors modernise and transform the well-known local building into much-needed, affordable rented housing.

Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said:

“Looking beyond our development of new homes in Lewes Town, we will also deliver two housing schemes in the north of the district in areas that are often unaffordable to most people. 

“This will ensure residents from rural communities can be close to jobs, schools and family networks, rather than having to move elsewhere.”