Housing crisis

Plans for new affordable homes aim to help solve borough’s ‘housing crisis’

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One council hopes plans to create affordable and environmentally friendly new homes will help solve a ‘housing crisis’.

Hastings Borough Council plans to build 16 affordable housing units for Local Housing Benefit on Bexhill Road in Hastings.

The houses would be the first built by the council for rent in more than 25 years.

Councilor Maya Evans, Deputy Chief and Senior Councilor for Housing and Community Development, said hundreds of households were in need and the houses are part of the council’s plans to address the problem.

“We are in the midst of a housing crisis, with hundreds of households in desperate need of safe, secure and affordable housing,” said Cllr Evans.

“These homes are part of our plans to address this issue, and we want to know what you think of their design. It’s an exciting project for us, working with a local company to provide homes in this way. I encourage everyone to take a look at the plans and let us know your thoughts on the proposals.

Planning permission was granted in December 2019 for the houses, on council-owned land behind 419 to 447 Bexhill Road.

Council is currently consulting on the detailed design, which includes the layout and scale of the new development, its appearance and landscaping plans.

Households around the site will receive a leaflet with more information about the proposals, but residents across the city have been encouraged to speak up.

The council said the houses will be sustainable, energy efficient and have their own gardens.

Environmentally friendly measures including solar panels, electric vehicle charging stations and a sustainable drainage system have been included in the design, with other sustainable measures being considered.

The council works with Newhaven Boutique Modern, which designs and builds the units.

They will be modular, factory-built and assembled on site, reducing disruption to local residents and road infrastructure.

The consultation runs until 24 October at www.hastings.gov.uk/consultation.