Affordable Housing Success for Staplecross

Today marks the delivery of 8 affordableHop lane
housing units at the Hop Gardens in Staplecross. These will provide homes for people on lower incomes from Ewhurst Parish and the surrounding area, for whom appropriate market housing is either unavailable or unaffordable. The average price of housing in rural parts of Rother District commonly exceeds 10 times the average gross annual income for those working there. In order to maintain balanced rural communities in which people can afford to live and work it is important that affordable housing is available.

Of the 8 homes provided, 6 are available for rent with 2 two bedroom houses and 4 three bedroom houses. Also on the site are 2 two bedroom houses which are being made available for Shared Ownership (part rent/part buy). As is the norm with modern affordable housing, these have been constructed in a way which corresponds with those in the surrounding area and to a very high build quality. They boast Photovoltaic panels, improved insulation and air tightness, water saving taps and shower fittings, low energy lighting, rain water harvesting, recycling facilities, bicycle storage and water butts.

Hop lane - Ewhurst Hop lane 2

These are the result of a 4 year process, with Hastoe Housing Association working in close collaboration with Action in rural Sussex’s Rural Housing Enabler (Tom Warder), the Housing Team from Rother District Council and Ewhurst Parish Council. The Parish Council commissioned a Housing Needs Survey from Action in rural Sussex which identified that there was a need for affordable housing locally and this was used as the foundation for starting the scheme.

If you would like to find out more about this scheme or to explore with the Rural Housing Enabler whether a similar process could be undertaken in your Parish, please do get in touch using the details below. Alternatively, click here for information on Rural Affordable Housing.

Tom Warder
Housing & Community Engagement Team Leader
Tel: (01273) 407302 E-mail:

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