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Council to consider second phase of new housing

Cabinet councillors have agreed to move forward with proposals to create new homes on predominantly garage sites in Lewes Town, Ringmer and Ditchling.  The decision follows Lewes District Council’s successful completion of 22 new affordable homes on similar sites in 2017.

Work will now focus on the production of a final appraisal, costing, planning and local consultation before a further report to Cabinet.  Subject to approval, planning applications on some, or all, of the proposed development sites could follow later this year.

The list of garage sites in Lewes Town are The Lynchets, Queens Road, Shelly Close and Waldshut Road, while other sites are Malling Close and Prince Charles Road.  The garage sites in Ringmer are Broyle Close and Mill Close, with Kiln Road the only non-garage location.  Long Park Corner is the one garage site in Ditchling.

Councillor Ron Maskell, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:

"Helping to meet housing need is a priority, however, this is a first step and the council will continue to work with the local residents over the coming months before finalising the list of sites. 

“While we have agreed in principle to develop much needed new homes, there remains a significant amount of work still to do. 

“My ambition is the majority of any homes built will be affordable and available for the local people that need them most.”  

Issued 3 January 2018