Baroness Cumberlege Officially Opens Newick

Baroness Cumberlege, officially opened a new affordable Hastoe housing scheme called Alexander Mead, in Newick, on Tuesday 24 July – the second Hastoe development in Newick.

 Newick opening
Alexander Mead is an attractive development of 14 new homes, including 10 for rent and 4 for shared ownership. The site is a rural exception development and priority is for local people now and in the future.

Following the successful completion of our previous development in 2003, 1-10 Alexander Mead, Newick Parish Council invited the Rural Housing Enabler and Hastoe to explore the possibility of a further affordable housing project. The housing needs survey resulted in these homes being provided on land made available by Mr Douglas Alexander. With support from the Homes and Communities Agency and Lewes District Council, the homes were completed in January 2012.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Features include: Photovoltaic panels on the roofs which provide some free electricity to the residents, whole house ventilation system, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage, composter, bird boxes and bird tables.

A break-down of the property types is as follows:

For rent:        
2 one bedroom flats
2 two bedroom flats
4 two bedroom houses
2 three bedroom houses

For shared ownership:       
3 two bedroom houses
1 three bedroom house

Housing Association:             Hastoe
Parish Council:                      Newick
Rural Housing Enabler:         Action in Rural Sussex
Local authority:                      Lewes District Council
Architect:                                ECE Architects
Contractor:                             Sunninghill Construction Co. Limited
Employer’s Agent:                  Calford Seaden LLP

Cllr John Lucas, Newick Parish Council Chairman, comments:

"On behalf of Newick Parish Council, may I just thank all concerned in getting the second phase of Alexander Mead built. Some of the present Parish Councillors had a preview of some of the homes just before they were finished, and we all agreed that they had been built to an excellent standard. All the present Parish Council has to do now is work out how best to provide some more affordable housing, as we know the demand is there."

Baroness Cumberlege comments:
“Newick is a vibrant village.  The strength of the community is partly due to the decades of careful planning with a variety of housing.  Phase 2 of Alexander Mead strengthens the life of the village.  This imaginative development by the Hastoe Group, working with local organisations to attract young couples and others with connections to Newick who want high quality homes at affordable rents and shared ownership, is welcomed by all the village.”

Jane Gallifent, Regional Head of Development, for Hastoe South region comments:
“We are very pleased to have been able to provide these much needed new homes for local people, in partnership with the local authority and Newick Parish Council. We are also very grateful to the Homes and Communities Agency for the investment that helped make it possible.”



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