Hastings Borough Council builds for the future

Hastings Borough Council is to build its own housing for the first time in over 20 years.

At its meeting on Monday (8th July), the council’s cabinet formally gave the go-ahead for the scheme, off Bexhill Road.

Cllr Andy Batsford, the council’s lead councillor for housing, said :- “I am delighted to announce that we are embarking on our first housing development since we transferred our council housing to a housing association more than 20 years ago.

“We have secured nearly £7 million from Homes England’s Local Authority Accelerated Construction (LAAC) programme to carry out the necessary work, including flood remediation measures, needed to take forward the development.

“We will work with the local community to design a high quality scheme for approximately 190 new homes and I encourage all those that are interested in shaping this development to bring their ideas and energy to the open consultation events. The scheme will provide 40% affordable housing, which will produce shared ownership and genuinely affordable rent for local residents.

“We hope the site will act as an exemplar of local development and maximise social value. The development will be of the highest quality, accessible, and sustainable and provide sports, leisure, play facilities and beautiful safe place for our new and established local families to live and thrive. It will also address local flood related issues to support the development as well as improving the current flood risk for local residents in the area.

“There is a growing demand for a range of new homes in the town to meet local housing need. This is shown by the increase in homelessness locally, the rise in families living in temporary accommodation and the growing numbers of adult children who are living with their parents because they’re unable to get a foot on the property ladder:- there are currently 160 local families living in temporary accommodation and 1,400 families on the Housing Register who are in housing need. The new development will provide homes for around 700 people, so will be of real benefit.

“While there is still a lot of work to be done and the scheme, like any other, will need planning permission before it can proceed, we are excited to have this opportunity to create new homes for local people.”

For more information on the new housing development visit www.hastings.gov.uk.

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