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Hamsey homes welcomed by councillors

William Meyer and James MacCleary

With a new development underway at Hamsey Lakes, Lewes District Council will soon add 12 new homes to the authority's housing stock.

The site in South Chailey will see a total of 54 properties built by Antler Homes, with the council allocation available to tenants through a mix of shared ownership and affordable rent.

These latest homes follow a number of new council housing developments emerging in the district, most recently, 12 homes at Saxonbury House, the first affordable housing developed in Lewes Town for five years.

Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: "I've spoken before of the momentum we are creating in the district around new housing and within the Co-operative Alliance we are steadfast in our determination to see it continue.

"The failure  of countless governments to ensure such a basic human entitlement as a home, for all citizens, is unconscionable. I will not pretend we have a single solution to the housing crisis, but I am working with every means available to me as the Cabinet Member for Housing within our alliance to reduce the shortage of affordable homes in Lewes district."

Construction on the site is progressing well and a phased completion and handover of the properties is expected to start from October.

Councillor James MacCleary, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: "Building more, high quality homes for residents is a major priority for us. We want to ensure that our rural communities are not left behind and that people in all areas of our district have somewhere that they can call home."