14/05/12 202 New Affordable Homes - Mid Sussex

Despite a challenging year economically, Mid Sussex District Council had delivered 202 new affordable homes through working together with its housing partners.

Mid Sussex District Council has a commitment to helping the creation of new affordable housing in the area. As a popular area, with low unemployment and a good standard of living, the District is an attractive area to live and work, but there are many households which cannot afford to rent or buy on the open market, needing affordable housing.

“Recent years have been very challenging for councils and partners to bring forward new affordable housing,” said Councillor Christopher Snowling, Cabinet Member for Health and Communities. “We have, however, worked closely with our housing association partner and developers, and are delighted to have delivered so many new homes to those in need of housing in Mid Sussex.”

One person who benefited from the new build affordable housing was Gemma, from Cuckfield, who has recently moved into new affordable housing, provided through Moat Homes, in Chatfield Road. Gemma was living with parents in Cuckfield and was on the Housing Register and determined to find a place, “We needed space, and I kept trying and trying, but I was starting to lose hope a bit.” After bidding for several places using the Housing Register’s Choice Based Lettings system Gemma was successful. “The best bit has been coming in and making it how we want it – trying to make it nice for my daughter. It was well worth the wait, the area is lovely and people say ‘hello’.”

Affordable homes include places to rent at affordable costs or houses to buy through shared ownership schemes. The new homes created in the last year were located across the District, with 42 in Burgess Hill, 36 in East Grinstead and 62 in Haywards Heath – the remainder being provided in more rural settings. In total, 131 were for rent and 61 for shared ownership.

Also included in the tally are the 10 ‘FirstBuy’ purchases. ‘FirstBuy’ is a government scheme to assist people into home ownership on new developments by providing an equity loan from Central Government’s Homes and Communities Agency and property developers.

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