FIRST COUNCIL HOMES IN A DECADE
THE FIRST new build council homes in Crawley for a decade are underway.
The 16 flats currently under construction at Rushetts Place in Langley Green are jointly funded by Crawley Borough Council and the Social Housing Grant – a fund awarded to the Council by the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) last summer.
(L-R) Peter browning, Director of Environment and Housing at CBC, Cllr Vanessa Cumper, Support member for Housing, Cllr Lee Gilroy, Cabinet member for Housing
The council was granted Investor Partner Status by the HCA followed by an award of £976,000, making Crawley Council the first local authority to be granted money from the National Affordable Housing Programme, a pot usually reserved for housing associations.
Councillor Lee Gilroy, Cabinet member for Housing, said: “It’s brilliant news; one of the council’s priorities is to increase housing supply in the town and this is a great starting block for us to help push that forward ourselves.”
(Foreground) Helen Burton, Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) and Cllr Lee Gilroy, Cabinet member for Housing. (Background) Mick Stamford, Croudace Site Manager and Sally Rice, Moat Director of Development.
The council owned land, an unused car park next to Langley Green Parade, will see eight one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom apartments completed by the council’s chosen contractor, Croudace, in the autumn.
Richard Holmans, Managing Director of Croudace Partnership says; “It has been many years since Croudace last worked directly for Crawley Borough Council in building new affordable homes. We hope the Rushetts Place development will prove to be a flagship project for the council in providing quality new homes, built to the very latest standards.”
The new units will be built to code four eco-standards which are the highest eco-standards yet to be achieved in Crawley.
Green features include solar panels which will directly reduce the schemes running costs and the homes will also be built to ‘lifetime homes’ standards, accommodating the diverse needs of users over time.
As one of Crawley Borough Council’s preferred housing association partners, Moat has been appointed as the council’s development agent on the project. Moat has worked closely with the council to secure the grant and its new partnership status with the HCA.
Kevin Bourner, Head of Area at the HCA, says; “This is an excellent scheme, pushing the standards for green homes in the area as well as providing much-needed affordable accommodation for the community.”
(L-R) Angela Lemon, Employers Agent Calfordseaden, Sally Rice, Moat Director of development, Cllr Lee Gilroy, Cabinet member for Housing, Mick Stamford, Croudace Site Manager, Helen Burton, HCA.