Cabinet councillors have given the green light to a council development of new affordable homes in the town centre that will boast a wide range of sustainability, employment and training benefits. The 19 fully affordable apartments in Southfields Road will provide new homes to people on the council’s housing register and include three bespoke and fully adapted disabled homes.

In line with the council’s determination to become carbon net zero by 2030, the properties will be highly sustainable with features reducing maintenance costs, making homes cheaper to run and improving affordability.

Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Member for Direct Assistance Services, said:

“There is no doubt that this is a standout council development of the highest quality and I’m absolutely thrilled that residents who are currently waiting for a home will enjoy living here when it’s completed.

“I am also delighted that as part of the planning approval the main contractor will support local employment and training, with two apprenticeships, five work experience placements and four NVQ training places being offered.”

Measures to promote sustainable transport are also in the pipeline with a 38 space cycle store planned, plus a £100 cycle voucher available to the each of the first residents.  Additionally, as part of the Section 106 agreement with the developer, a vehicle will be purchased for use within a new car club, offsetting the wider demand and need for cars.

Councillor Shuttleworth added:

“We have created a real momentum behind the development of new council homes in the borough, with over 200 properties currently under construction, going through planning or built and occupied.  Mindful of the limitations in Eastbourne for new housing schemes due to space and geographical constraints, it is something we can be very proud of.”