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New council housing schemes in Wealden villages

Media Release : 25 January 2019

Two new council housing schemes have come on line providing affordable rented accommodation in the villages of East Dean and Cross-in-Hand.

Windmill Place Cross-in-Hand

The properties will provide 11 new homes. They have been purchased by Wealden District Council from new developments taking place locally.

"We are pleased to see these two 'off the shelf' purchases complement our current new build programme which includes Old Hop Gardens in Hailsham and Grants Hill Court in Uckfield," said Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet Member for Housing. "As part of the Council’s planning policies, 35% of new developments of a certain size should be affordable. By buying these newly built homes we are able to offer affordable rental options to local people through Sussex Homemove. Local people are finding it increasingly difficult to find affordable rental accommodation in the villages where they may have lived and worked all their lives."

The Council took possession of both developments at the start of the year and letting is progressing well.
The East Dean development at Gilbert Drive consists of 2 one bedroom flats, a two bedroom house and a three bedroom house. The Cross-in-Hand development at Windmill Place consists of 4 one bedroom flats, 2 two bedroom houses and a three bedroom house.

Further information about how to apply for social housing and joining the Wealden Housing Register can be found on the Wealden website at http://www.wealden.gov.uk/Wealden/Residents/Housing_Health_and_Advice/Housing/Housing_Options_Advice_and_Homelessness/HousingOptions/Housing_Applying_For_Social_Housing.aspx

The East Dean and Cross in Hand properties represent a £1.9 million investment in affordable rental housing by the Council.