Work is well underway at The Cart Barn in Heathfield, a development by Conservative-led Wealden District Council of 15 one- two- and three-bedroom homes that will be available for all Wealden residents to apply to rent through the authority’s housing service from September.
In advance of the site’s completion, local Conservative district councillors Ray Cade (Portfolio Holder for Housing) Susan Stedman who’s Chairman of Planning Committee South, and Local Ward member Mike Baker were invited to observe the progress earlier this week.
Project managers from Wealden’s housing team and from Trinity Homes showed the councillors around. They say that, in addition to ample parking there will be a wildflower meadow to boost biodiversity; this incorporating a pond, log pile, as well as bat and bird boxes to encourage wildlife.
Having viewed the site, Cllr Mike Baker, the Conservative councillor for Heathfield North Ward said,
“It’s great that Wealden is investing in Heathfield in this way. There is a real need for affordable housing, here and across the district. This development, providing smaller units, will help people wishing to downsize, thereby freeing up larger properties for extending families.
Councillor Ray Cade, Wealden’s Portfolio Holder for Housing and Waste at Wealden, said:
“The buildings are designed to reflect the heritage of the area with red brick and dark vertically hung clay tiles. Each property will have its own outside space, either balconies or gardens, and the views are spectacular. Locally-sourced material and labour have been used wherever possible”, he adds. “We were pleased to award Trinity Homes the project and are delighted with the progress that’s been made to date.”
Councillor Susan Stedman, Joint Ward Member for Horam & Punnett’s Town as well as the Chairman of Wealden’s Planning Committee South, remarked:
“I am so impressed by the size of the properties, there’s so much storage and ample bathroom and cloakrooms in each. The views are spectacular and the development already has the feeling of a safe and secure space. I’m sure future residents will agree it’ll be a lovely place to call home.”
Conservative councillors are pictured viewing the site this week to see the progress being made.