The Bishop of Lewes officially opens Sun Close, Plumpton

A new affordable housing development at Sun Close, Plumpton was officially opened by Hastoe Housing Association and The Right Reverend Richard Jackson, The Bishop of Lewes at an event on Friday 15th May.

In 2011, Plumpton Parish Council invited Action in Rural Sussex, Lewes District Council and Hastoe to explore building an affordable housing project within their village. Several sites were identified and eventually Hastoe was able to agree terms with a local landowner on the site at North Barnes Lane. This rural exception scheme is the vision of the Parish Council to build new homes for local people and the partnership approach is testimony to the delivery of these much needed affordable housing.

The development of fourteen affordable homes, twelve for rent and two for shared ownership, has been provided for local people. The development comprises four one-bedroom flats, two two-bedroom flats, seven two-bedroom houses and one three-bed houses.

The scheme has achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Features include: PV panels, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage and water butts.

Sue Chalkley, Hastoe’s Chief Executive, added:

“I wish to thank The Right Reverend Richard Jackson for opening our new housing scheme at Sun Close. This scheme means that local people won’t need to move away from the village that they live, work or grew up in, and the homes will be held in perpetuity for the local community.”

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