Work starts on new Polegate eco-homes

Work starts on environmentally friendly homes in Polegate
Work starts on environmentally friendly homes in Polegate

Work to build environmentally friendly homes for Polegate in underway.

The work has started in Lynholm Road in Polegate to build 33 new homes for local people.

Raglan Housing is working with Wealden District Council to deliver its commitment to meet the need for local housing.

The former railway sidings site will be transformed into a mixture of flats and houses for shared ownership and affordable rent and has excellent access to shops, schools and public transport.

The properties will be very well insulated to minimise the impact on the environment and reduce energy costs for residents.

There will be bicycle storage facilities as well as a small nature reserve.

Richard Stevenson, Raglan Housing’s business development director, said, “We are committed to developing properties in the area to support the need for new affordable homes.

“We promote sustainable developments and support our residents to develop long-lasting communities.

“We have worked with Wealden District Council to safeguard the disused site to enable these green homes to be built to help meet the acute housing need in the area.”

Councillor Graham Wells, portfolio holder for affordable housing in the district, said, “There are around 200 households on our Housing Register requiring affordable accommodation in Polegate so these homes are of paramount importance to the local community.

“We welcome the progress Raglan Housing is making with this scheme”.

Planning permission for the housing scheme was granted in January 2011. This came after some strong objections from local residents.

Prior to Wealden’s decision, the Polegate Town Council planning committee unanimously agreed to object to the application.

It said it would ‘represent an unacceptable form of over-development’.