Lewes District Council has secured a grant of £180,179 from central government to fund work to bring forward new community led affordable housing in response to the problem second homes can cause in reducing supply.
The Community Housing Fund puts local groups in the driving seat and helps them deliver affordable housing aimed at first-time buyers.
Initially the funding will be targeted at helping build skills and capacity so that community groups can develop schemes to build new affordable housing.
Cabinet councillors have approved a grant of £20k to Action in Rural Sussex. Eight other Sussex councils are also looking to fund Action in Rural East Sussex to access their expert support and help to groups across the area to help identify land, share best practice and technical advice to bring forward building projects.
In addition, Lewes and Eastbourne will share a local officer to work alongside Action in Rural East Sussex to kick start local schemes. Most of the remaining funding will be used to help fund specific developments as they come forward over the next year.
Councillor Ron Maskell, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing, said:
“I’m hugely supportive of any initiative that will help create new housing in the right place and available to the people who need it most. There are no easy answers to the shortage of housing and the rise in homelessness, they are national problems that local authorities are doing their best to tackle. This funding will help bring forward schemes that will increase the supply of the accommodation we need, and that is very welcome.”
Published 13th October 2017