Find out what housing projects we’re working on and their current status

We first set up as a small group of likeminded individuals in July 2018, receiving grant funding from the National CLT Network.

This page provides an overview of current and completed RACLT development projects.  You can find updates for each project at the bottom of each project. They are listed in order closest to completion first.  

 

Neaves Lane - Roof Line

Ringmer – Neaves Lane

We are pleased to announce that February of 2023 saw the completion of all four of RACLT’s new low rent houses and that all the houses have now been let to RACLT members who successfully completed our application process in November and December of last year.

The houses comprise a pair of semi detached units, each with a 2 bed and a 3 bed house, built for affordable rent to young families with strong connections to Ringmer. Each house has been built to a high specification, with energy efficiency in mind to keep tenants energy costs to a minimum. They have wheelchair access and potential for the downstairs lavatories to incorporate a shower. Fibre broadband, TV and telephone points come as standard.

The houses are let through and managed by St. James Lettings in Lewes. A mortgage has been provided by The Ecology Building Society.

We are grateful to all those who have contributed to the success of these houses including;

  • Lewes District Council and Ringmer Parish Council who have collectively provided over £350,000 towards the £900,000 development costs. We have also received charitable donations of some £200,000.
  • Emma Petrykow for the design and design management.
  • Duncan Redshaw and his team for construction.
  • Sy Morse-Brown for project oversight.
  • Max Pengelley, our Chairman, for the significant personal time he has committed to many aspects of the development, including securing the remaining development funding needed to complete the project.    

We would like to wish all our new tenants well in their new accommodation and look forward to redirecting the focus towards our next projects including the new Broyle Gate Farm Community Sports Facilities.

Ringmer – Broyle Gate Farm

Community Sports Facilities

A recent Planning Appeal decision has been made to grant outline planning permission for the building of 100 houses (40% affordable) and extensive Community Sports and Recreation Facilities on the land adjacent to Ringmer Kings Academy.

These facilities are to be built by Croudace and then offered to RACLT free of charge, to hold on behalf of the Ringmer Community in perpetuity. Croudace will also provide a substantial maintenance fund (c.£1.3million) to cover future maintenance costs. 

Last update January 2023    See status updates here …

 

Firle Village

Project to help regenerate and sustain the village and school, which have always been key aims of the Estate.

  • Joint RACLT development of affordable houses/bungalows for rent with the Firle Estate, who will provide the land.
  • Aimed at both families with children and those looking to move to more suitable accommodation in the village, as they retire.
  • Will release other larger accommodation in the village, to be rented to tenants with larger families.
  • Architect selected.  Engaged with the South Downs National Park Authority to develop a Planning Performance Agreement towards rapibdly obtaining full planning consent.
  • Will shortly be conducting a Housing Needs Survey in Firle and adjacent villages. to identify the number and size of households requiring affordable rented housing.
  • Further engagement with the local communities is currently being planned, so that we can assess views and garner support for our plans and funding applications, as we progress through the planning process.

As of April 2020