New sustainable housing scheme gets thumbs up approval

New Eastbourne council  housing development at Upper Avenue. Octopber 17th 2011 E42194M'( L to R): Ian Fitzpatrick, Cllr Margaret Bannister, Cllr David Tutt Leader of the council, Jo Ellis CEO Eastbourne homes, Mark Sherwood of West Ridge Construction Ltd and Gay Hart Eastbourne Council. 17 October 2011 E42193M
New Eastbourne council housing development at Upper Avenue. Octopber 17th 2011 E42194M'( L to R): Ian Fitzpatrick, Cllr Margaret Bannister, Cllr David Tutt Leader of the council, Jo Ellis CEO Eastbourne homes, Mark Sherwood of West Ridge Construction Ltd and Gay Hart Eastbourne Council. 17 October 2011 E42193M
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COUNCILLORS have met with residents to mark one of the first newly-built code four sustainable council homes in Eastbourne in 20 years.

The code for sustainable homes is an environmental assessment which rates the overall sustainability and energy efficiency of a home.

Homes are rated from one to six and the flats have met the rigorous national standard to achieve four-star status.

Eastbourne Borough Council leader David Tutt and Councillor Margaret Bannister, the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Housing and Community Development, joined tenants and officers from the council and Eastbourne Homes at Greenpoint, Upper Avenue to have a tour of the new development.

Cllr Bannister said, “Meeting the housing needs of our community is a very high priority for the council and these new flats will offer comfortable and affordable new homes for local people.

“It is also especially rewarding that this is the second project of its kind in two decades.”

The modern, energy-efficient homes were built with the help of grant funding from the Homes and Communities Agency.

All of the 12 flats, completed in March, have high levels of insulation which will ensure running costs are kept low.

Council officials say service charges will be greatly lowered as there will be no charge to tenants for electricity use in communal areas.

Upper Avenue resident John Evenden, 55, moved to the development in April.

He said, “Everyone is more than happy with the standard of housing here.

“There’s a general good feeling around the flats which are very spacious and finished to a very high standard.

“It’s also nice to have two large double bedrooms.

“I can see myself staying here for quite some time.”

The council has completed 18 additional flats and houses in 2011 and is working in partnership with local housing associations to build a further 62 new affordable homes which will be completed over the next 12 months.