Affordable Housing boost for East Grinstead

PR2246/PB/MF - 17/09/2019

Mid Sussex District Council has approved the sale of land at Blackwell Farm Road in East Grinstead to ensure the delivery of 10 new homes for local people in housing need.

The Council’s Cabinet met on Monday 16 September and agreed to sell the land to the Guinness Partnership for £400,000 subject to the grant of suitable planning permission.

The Guinness Partnership works in 165 local authority areas across England to provide homes for rent at prices significantly lower than those charged in the private market and on tenancy terms which offer far greater security. Any profit they make helps them to invest in and build more affordable homes.

Councillor Judy Llewellyn-Burke, Deputy Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“There is currently a serious shortage of social housing in East Grinstead for local people in housing need. The Common Housing Register has 291 people from East Grinstead on the waiting list and for 268 of those people their first choice preference is to remain in the town.

“Under the current planning system we are reliant on housing developers to provide Affordable Housing as part of their new housing schemes. However, private developers are under no obligation to build right away and the reality is there haven’t been any new Affordable Housing units built in East Grinstead since the St Margaret’s Convent development in 2016.

“By using this parcel of Council land we can ensure that 100% of the new homes that are built are used to provide much needed homes for local people who desperately need them. The sale of this land provides us with the opportunity to help 10 local families find a home of their own and make a huge difference to their lives.”