Permission has been granted to a turn a former retirement living complex in Wealden into highly-sustainable social housing under exciting plans put forward by Conservative-run Wealden council.
Streatfeild House in Southview Drive, Uckfield, closed in 2019 and, following feedback from the public, plans were approved today to replace the existing building with 20 new affordable homes.
The application – submitted by Conservative-run Wealden District Council’s Housing Services department – received unanimous support at the Planning South committee meeting.
All the proposed homes have been designed to meet the needs of the local community in terms of size and will be highly energy efficient in order to reduce carbon emissions and energy costs for occupant.
In addition, the build will include low carbon technologies such as air source heat pumps, photovoltaic solar panels and electric vehicle charging points. A retained and enhanced Woodland Wildlife Area as well as bat and bird boxes, bee friendly planting and hedgehog gateways are also planned.
Conservative councillor Ray Cade, the council’s portfolio holder for Housing, said, “This is an exciting step forward for this innovative project, which will act as an exemplar for developments of this kind in the future.
“The design and facilities, such as all the accommodation being easily adaptable to allow for the onset of disability and the top-rate of energy efficiency, takes the quality of the development to a new level.”
Two of the homes will be suitable for wheelchair users and all the other units will be accessible and adaptable for a wide range of occupants.
Streatfield House was built in 1979 and used as a retirement living court for 40 years but does not meet today's Eco requirements for new homes.
Conservative council leader, Cllr Ann Newton, said of the proposal: "The building is no longer fit for purpose and comprised only bed-sit-type accommodation which is no longer what is required.
"This scheme will provide much better accommodation for those that need it. and look a lot better."