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New family homes address temporary accommodation need

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Cabinet councillors at Lewes District Council have approved a £2.2m project to create a new development of high-quality affordable family housing.

The modern family homes (pictured) will be built off-site by a specialist modular building company and then installed on council land in Newhaven.

Councillor Ron Maskell, Cabinet member for Housing, said:

“We have a responsibility to provide accommodation for those households who are homeless, but currently there is very little temporary accommodation that we can use in the district.  So consequently, and at significant cost we often have to use B&Bs and private sector housing in other neighbouring local authority areas.”

Lewes District Council can reclaim some of the temporary accommodation costs, but not all of them.  In April, May and June alone this year, £72,500 of unrecoverable expenses were incurred.

While construction is subject to the usual planning permission, the proposed scheme would follow closely on the heels of another similar council development in Peacehaven.

The temporary accommodation initiative was first proposed by Councillor Sarah Osborne, who said:

“Having first secured the funding for a feasibility study into housing options when emergency accommodation is needed and then the £2.2m for these new homes, I am delighted that we are now close to the culmination of this vital piece of work.

“Local people should receive local housing support, not sent miles away from their friends, family, schools and employment, it makes no sense at all.”

Based in Newhaven, Boutique Modern has been awarded the contract to supply the new homes and is well known for its pioneering use of modular technology in conjunction with innovative housing designs.

Councillor Maskell added:

“I’m really excited by this modern and highly efficient accommodation.

“We can get the temporary housing built and in place quickly, which is great news for families in need of a home and for the new jobs created as a direct result of working with a local manufacturer.”

Published 30 October 2018