Eastbourne Borough Council agreed at a meeting last night (Wednesday 18 July) to an ambitious investment in new affordable housing. The decision will see up to 158 new homes, part new build and part purchase of homes to increase the number of affordable rented homes to help tackle the housing problem.
A total of £6.9 million will be spent on new homes that will be built by Aspiration Homes, a partnership set up by Eastbourne Borough Council and Lewes District Council last year. Further investment through Eastbourne Housing Investment Company will see purchasing of houses to rent and over 100 additional homes earmarked for housing local people currently waiting on the Housing list or in temporary accommodation.
Councillor Alan Shuttleworth, Cabinet Portfolio Lead for Direct Assistance Services, said: “Our priority is to help local people obtain good quality homes at affordable rents. This combination of building new homes and acquiring existing homes that can be rented out, will help us meet this aim.”
The purchase of the homes will be made through the Eastbourne Housing Investment Company Ltd, set up by the Council in 2015.
The new homes will be by delivered through Clear Futures, a joint venture partnership between Eastbourne Borough and Lewes District Councils, with Robertson Capital Projects Limited and AECOM.
Find out more: www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk