Council bids secure £470K for local housing

Eastbourne Borough Council has landed a £470,000 windfall for new housing after making three successful bids for "shovel-ready" developments in the town.

The winning council bids were submitted to the government's Brownfield Land Release Fund that targets local authority-owned sites where land can be used for the development of new homes.

The £470K will see £200K earmarked for Cavalry Crescent in Old Town, £70K for Fort Lane in Roselands and £200K for Southfields Rad in Upperton. The funding will deliver up to 44 new and affordable homes across three locations.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "This funding initiative was very competitive and so I'm very grateful to our officers for their excellent work in pulling together compelling bids that secured this significant amount of funding.

"I have made no secret of the geographical challenges we face in Eastbourne in developing much needed new homes, but I'm very encouraged by the progress we are making, especially with other projects in the pipeline."

The funding is the culmination of partnership work between the council and Strategic Property Asset Collaboration East Sussex (SPACES), which is the One Public Estate group for the county hosted by East Sussex County Council.