Celebrating 100 years of Council housing

Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils have compiled a 24-page booklet to celebrate the centenary of the Addison Act, which started large scale building of social housing in the UK.

The booklet tells how Dr Christopher Addison recognised that good quality housing had a direct link to health and wellbeing. As a result, he guided the Housing and Town Planning Act through Parliament, paving the way for funding to councils to build 500,000 homes over three years.

You can download the booklet here:

https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/eastbourne-borough-council-news/centenary-booklet-traces-100-years-of-council-housing/

Views sought on Local Plan

Lewes District Council has launched the first stage of public consultation into the new Lewes District Local Plan. Local Plans set planning policies for a particular area and are key to deciding future planning applications.

The consultation will run for eight weeks and focus on the broad principles for development such as climate change, the environment, jobs, housing, community infrastructure and supporting a prosperous local economy.

Read full story here https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/lewes-district-council-news/lewes-district-council-seeks-views-on-local-plan/

Calling for Wilder Gardens Champions!

Do you want to learn more about wildlife and find out how your garden can become a haven? Would you like training to become a Wilder Garden Champion and inspire your neighbours too?

Whether you’re a complete beginner, a seasoned expert, or have another gift, there is a place for you within this project – all are welcome. We understand that your garden needs to be suit your family, but even formal gardens and non-native plants are able to support wildlife. Together with friends, neighbours and hopefully whole streets we can create corridors and homes for struggling wildlife.

Let’s be the change we want to see because the time to act is now and together we can step up for wildlife. Please contact Jessie Rodriguez on infowildergardens@yahoo.com or via the Greenhaven’s Network on Facebook. This Greenhaven’s project is funded by the Enjoolata Foundation.

Tenants contents insurance

Homes First Insurance logo

What would you do if you lost all your possessions? Could you afford to replace everything you own straight away?

As a tenant of the council, their insurance covers the structure of your home but not what’s inside such as your furniture and personal belongings.

Replacing the contents of your home could prove very expensive. We therefore strongly recommend that you get your personal belongings insured against events including:

  • Accidental damage
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Flooding/escape of water

Homes First have teamed up with Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, to provide a home contents insurance scheme. This is available for all Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Homes Ltd/Eastbourne Borough Council tenants and leaseholders. The package offers a policy with exclusive rates and a range of optional extras, including cover for accidental damage, there is no excess to pay if you need to make a claim and you can pay monthly by direct debit.

Apply online via the link below or download the application form at the end of this page.

Apply for Homes First Insurance

The policy is underwritten by Aviva Insurance Limited and administered by Wessex Administration Services Limited who are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Homes First Insurance application form [pdf / 224KB]

NEW COUNCIL HOMES ‘INTEGRAL TO COMMUNITY BUILDING’

Cabinet councillors yesterday welcomed the progress being made to develop fully affordable council housing in the Lewes district and authorised a new framework agreement for the supply of high-quality modular homes.

With an acute shortage of housing affecting most parts of the UK, Lewes District Council has been developing a pipeline of new affordable homes built on land acquired by the council and sites already in council ownership. There are currently 129 council properties either moving though the planning process, under construction or completed with local families living in them.

Councillor William Meyer, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Set against a backdrop of historical shortcomings in the delivery of genuinely affordable council housing in the district, we’ve been making huge efforts to give residents the perfectly reasonable hope and expectation of homes of their own. To that end the number of new homes reported today is excellent news, but we still have so much more to do to address the housing crisis.”

To better enable future housing delivery in the district, the council has recently undertaken a competitive procurement exercise to appoint a modular housing specialist to a framework agreement. Framework agreements speed up the process for appointing a contractor and save significant costs by not repeatedly going through a lengthy tendering process. Additionally, it underpins the Co-operative Alliance’s determination to work with local businesses that employ local people and utilise modern methods of construction.

Councillor Meyer added: “Sustainable and energy efficient homes that are high quality, but boast lower running costs for residents, are clearly integral to our community wealth building agenda. By using our buying power locally to develop them, the benefits permeate throughout the local economy, with supply chains strengthened, businesses bolstered and employment opportunities created.”

Modular Homes at Peacehaven
Modular Flats at Newhaven

TOLD Chair visits new development

TOLD Chair Debbie Twitchen was invited to visit a residential conversion at Saxonbury on Thursday 13 May accompanied by Councillor William Meyer (Housing portfolio) and Leighton Rowe (Senior Project Manager). Debbie was impressed by the quality of the work, the great views from some of the flats, and welcomed the addition of much needed housing stock. The conversion will complete at the end of July and deliver 12 affordable homes to Lewes District Council.

Foodbanks

The need for foodbanks in the Lewes District is now greater than ever with the situation unlikely to change anytime soon. The good news is there are currently eight foodbanks operating across the district which thrive due to the generosity of residents and volunteer helpers. So, if you’re struggling to make ends meet or simply want to offer your  support, please don’t hesitate to get in touch – more information on local foodbanks can found on www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk – just type ‘foodbank’ in the search box.

The Corporate Plan 2020-2024

The corporate plan aims to –

  • Build 200 new, additional council homes, and an additional 300 new affordable homes.
  • Deliver more sustainable and energy efficient homes.
  • Provide increased access to quality housing options, and accessible housing for specific support needs.
  • Build community wealth.
  • Create a net zero carbon council and district by 2030

New developments in the pipeline include –

  • Old Hamsey (Chailey)

12 x 3 and 4 bed homes including 3 in shared ownership & 9 council rent. All homes will be handed over by March 2021.

  • Saxonbury (Lewes Town)

A residential conversion with 12 x new affordable homes. Due July 2021 (delayed due to Covid-19 and Brexit Supply issues).

  • Old Police Station (Newhaven)

21 x Council rent homes., with a mix of 1,2 & 3 bed flats and houses. With planning committee – awaiting outcome.

  • Old Fire Station (Newhaven)

7 x 3 bed affordable rented houses for local people. Planning submission March 2021 & possible completion by November 2022.

  • Anchor Field (Ringmer)

11 x 2 bed council rented homes delivered through Aspiration Homes. Due to be completed by January 2022.

  • Ringmer in-fill sites

6 x 2 bed rented homes on in-fill garage sites. These are in the Neighbourhood plan but have yet to go to planning. Due to be completed by January 2023.

Watch this space for more news…

Tenants Contents Insurance

Homes First Insurance logo

What would you do if you lost all your possessions? Could you afford to replace everything you own straight away?

As a tenant of the council, their insurance covers the structure of your home but not what’s inside such as your furniture and personal belongings.

Replacing the contents of your home could prove very expensive. We therefore strongly recommend that you get your personal belongings insured against events including:

  • Accidental damage
  • Fire
  • Theft
  • Flooding/escape of water

Homes First have teamed up with Aviva, the UK’s largest insurer, to provide a home contents insurance scheme. This is available for all Lewes District Council and Eastbourne Homes Ltd/Eastbourne Borough Council tenants and leaseholders. The package offers a policy with exclusive rates and a range of optional extras, including cover for accidental damage, there is no excess to pay if you need to make a claim and you can pay monthly by direct debit.

For more information go to the Lewes District Website