Issue 19 September 2020

Matters

Extra Affordable Housing for Freeks Farm

Freeks Farm artist impressionCountryside Properties, the developer that is building the first new homes at the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill, have announced they are going to provide an extra 20% Affordable Housing.

Planning permission requires that Countryside provide 30% Affordable Housing as part of the 237 home Freeks Farm development but this will now be increased to 50% as a direct response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Affordable Housing is provided to help those whose needs are not met by the open market and this additional 20% will make a huge difference to the lives of many local families who are in need of housing.

The excellent commuting links Mid Sussex has to London and Brighton mean we live in an area of high house prices and some local residents are priced out of the market. There are over 1800 applicants on the housing waiting list in Mid Sussex and this extra Affordable Housing will help over 100 of them to finally have a place they, and their family, can call home.

The Northern Arc development is being managed by Homes England, the Government housing agency, which means they are able to maximise the amount of Affordable Housing that’s delivered and ensure that vital infrastructure improvements are delivered alongside the new homes.

The first of Affordable Homes at Freeks Farm are expected to be available in spring 2021 and will range in size from one to four bedroom family homes, including properties reserved for those aged 55 and over, and four fully wheelchair-accessible homes.

Construction of homes at the Northern Arc will be ‘tenure blind’ – this means that homes destined for affordable rent or shared ownership will be built to the same high standards as those destined for private sale and distributed throughout the development. This includes the landscaping, look and feel of the surrounding areas too.

Homes England provided an extensive online update on how the whole Northern Arc development is progressing on 15 September and if you missed it you can watch a recording on Microsoft Teams.

There's also a dedicated Northern Arc Facebook group at www.facebook.com/northern.arc.BH if you have any questions for Homes England about the project.

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Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex are starting to open up more fully, with most sites now accepting trailers.

Single axle trailers are now accepted at Burgess Hill and East Grinstead Household Waste Recycling Sites but you will still need to bring a permit for these types of vehicle.

The East Grinstead HWRS will now open for seven days a week while the Crawley HWRS is closed following a fire.

These changes will make it easier for residents to use the sites and to recycle. Anyone planning on visiting a site is encouraged to check www.recycleforwestsussex.org for the most up to date information. 

To apply for a trailer permit, visit: https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/waste-and-recycling/van-pickup-and-trailer-waste-permit/