Council to secure new deals for affordable homes

Lewes District Council has given the green light to two land deals that have the potential to create hundreds of new homes, including many for affordable housing, and generate several million pounds in funds for future infrastructure investment.

Cabinet councillors welcomed the proposals for Anchor Field in Ringmer and Old Malling Farm, sites that include areas already owned by the council. In Ringmer the council owns three parcels of land that border Ringmer Football Club. The proposal is for the district council to sell some of this land to the developer, Anchor Fields Ltd, and in return they will build affordable homes that, when complete, will be passed straight into council ownership at no cost. The number of homes will be 40% of the total scheme, subject to planning requirements on the site. As part of the deal Anchor Fields Ltd will also create a new football ground, including 3G pitch, with these facilities also available to Ringmer College.

The landowner of Old Malling Farm wants to develop the land for housing; the site is already earmarked for housing within the council’s Joint Core Strategy. Access to Old Malling Farm is achieved across land owned by Lewes District Council and the development could deliver in excess of 200 properties, 40% of which will be affordable. 

Councillor Ron Maskell, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “I’m delighted that both these housing projects have taken another step forward. It is incumbent on this council, as it is for every authority in the UK, to proactively bring forward suitable and well considered developments that help address the acute shortage of housing. While I fully accept and recognise that new homes will cause some disquiet, wherever you put them, we must not shy away from opportunities that are clearly in the best interests of residents living in the district.”

Story published on 09 February 2017