More affordable homes for Horntye complex

Horntye Park
Horntye Park

THE NUMBER of homes to be built on the Horntye Park development has been increased.

Councillors gave the go ahead on Wednesday night for 22 two-bedroom flats to be erected on the south part of Horntye Sports Complex in Bohemia Road

This is an amendment to plans that had been previously approved for 16 apartments as well as a training room for East Sussex Fire and Rescue, on this part of the site.

The developer’s proposal is for all 22 flats to be affordable housing, significantly more than the 25 per cent, minimum figure needed as a condition for granting permission.

Councillor Emily Westley raised concerns over whether there would be an adequate level of parking provision on the site, however planning committee chair councillor Godfrey Daniel said: “It is important to remember that this application is a small amendment to plans that have been previously approved.”

The south block will form part of the wider plans for development within the complex, which includes two other residential blocks comprising 93 apartments, and an extension of the existing sports centre.

Planning permission was granted for this back in December 2009.

It is expected that revenue from the residential development as well as the increased potential for sports provision at the Horntye Park Sports Complex, will help to secure its future following years of financial difficulties.