THE first new homes to be built as part of the major regeneration of a long-term disused site have now been completed.
In the initial phase of the scheme in Ore Valley, 51 homes including those for private sale, shared ownership, and affordable rent, were unveiled last Thursday (March 22).
However most of the new homes have already been snapped up.
The Ore Valley regeneration project has seen Hastings Borough Council work together with Bellway Homes, Orbit Homes, Orbit South Housing Association, the Homes and Community Agency (HCA) and East Sussex County Council.
Councillor Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council said: “I was very pleased indeed to open this development in Ore Valley. Providing people with decent, affordable housing is a human right and this project is an exciting step in the right direction.
“The Ore Valley site is of significant strategic importance to Hastings. It is by far the largest housing site within the current Hastings Borough Development Plan and delivery of the scheme has been central to meeting the council’s overall housing targets, including those for affordable housing.” Maggie McCann, development director at Orbit Homes, said: “Orbit has a long history of involvement in Hastings and the Ore Valley area in particular, so we were keen to work with Hastings Borough Council and the HCA to improve the area and bring new housing options to local residents. Bellway Homes has delivered a high quality development and as a result, some excellent new housing for local people. We wish all of the new residents at Ore Valley many years of happiness in their new homes.”
Ken Glendinning, head of area for Surrey and Sussex at the HCA, said: “Our funding of more than £2.5 million has helped create a good mix of housing in this first phase, including essential affordable homes in an area of high demand. It’s great to see that the new development is proving very popular with local people as well as contributing to the wider regeneration of the area.”
The HCA is currently in discussion with the council regarding two further phases of development in the Ore Valley.