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.

In December 2018, we submitted our first planning application to Lewes District Council for four affordable houses to be built on Laughton Road, Ringmer.

January 2019, an agreement was reached with a developer for the transfer of freehold land to create a Community Woodland at Lower Lodge Farm.

Ringmer – Neaves Lane

Pair of semi detached houses, each comprising of a 2 bed and a 3 bed house for affordable rent to young families.

  • Outline planning permission from Lewes DC now in place
  • They will be built to a very high standard of energy efficiency, thus keeping our tenants energy costs to a minimum.
  • Provision for wheelchair access and potential for the downstairs lavatories to incorporate a shower.
  • Enthusiastic support from Leader of Lewes DC and the Cabinet Member for Housing.
  • Funding support towards professional fees potential contribution of at least £20,000 from existing council funds
  • Large sum of money available via Lewes DC from an affordable housing provider. We are very hopeful that with some or all of this money, we will cover at least a significant portion of our build costs.

As of April 2020

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