Staff at Lewes District Council involved in the New Homes project met with members of Seaford Seniors’ Forum to discuss the proposals.
The meeting was held on September 4 as part of the council’s public consultation on proposals to build around 415 homes across the district, at least 40 per cent of which will be affordable council housing.
In Seaford, the proposal is to build around 76 new seafront apartments at The Buckle. These one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments would be privately-owned, and developed by Southern Housing Group.
At the meeting, forum members raised concerns over developing the Buckle Car Park saying people would lose out on essential parking, disabled toilets, a recycling facility and environmental storage facility. Other issues discussed were the scale of the development, its potential impact on tourism and effect on residents, and no affordable housing being built on the site.
The council has up to 2,000 people on its housing waiting list and said it recognises the urgent need to build affordable council homes for people across the district.
Southern Housing is part of a consortium that has been brought together for the New Homes project and includes the council, Brighton-based Karis Developments and internationally-renowned architects Conran and Partners.
During the meeting, it was confirmed money from the sale of The Buckle will be ring-fenced to pay for affordable council homes for people including those from Seaford.
It was also confirmed Seaford people who are on the council housing register because they are in desperate need of a home will be prioritised for new council homes planned in Newhaven, alongside Newhaven and Peacehaven residents.
Lewes District Council would like to hear from other groups who would like to meet with its representative and share their thoughts on the proposal. Any interested groups should email Julie.Ellis@lewes.gov.uk.
Seaford Seniors’ Forum is an independent group representing the over 50s in Seaford and has a membership of more than 1,250. People can also view the initial designs for Seaford and share their views at a drop-in session at Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, on Tuesday, November 3, from 4.30pm to 7.30pm.
For more details about the New Homes project visit www.lewes.gov.uk/newhomes
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