Action in rural Sussex celebrates 15 new homes to be built in Icklesham Village

Building work has begun on 15 new affordable homes in the village of Icklesham.

Action in Rural Sussex (AirS) has been an integral part of the partnership which involved Rother District Council’s first Community Land Trust.

AirS involvement began in 2015 when we undertook a Housing Needs Survey.  This identified the need for affordable housing for local people and received strong support from the community with over 75% of respondents supporting a small housing scheme to meet their needs.

A site was duly found and appraised in 2016, and a year later Ickelsham Parish Community Land Trust was formed.  AirS went onto to introduce the Housing Association Partner – Hastoe Housing Association, and negotiations began on the favoured site – facilitated by AirS and the Sussex Community Housing Hub.

AirS went onto secure funds from Locality and Rother District Council for the Community Land Trust Project, and supported further consultation on the site and scheme.

The role of the AirS Community Led Housing Advisor was to act as a ‘honest broker’ and work ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with partners from the outset to completion of the project.

Geoff Foot, Chair of the Icklesham Parish CLT, said: “We are proud that our mission to provide affordable homes for Icklesham people has at last come to fruition. We look forward to the successful completion next year.

“We also want to thank all the agencies involved for their help and cooperation, particularly Action in Rural Sussex (AirS) without who it might not have been possible.”

Tom Warder, Community Led Housing Manager said  “Congratulations to Icklesham Parish CLT, who have persevered with this cracking community led housing project, which will provide genuinely affordable housing for local people in perpetuity, the first CLT in Sussex to do so!”

See: https://www.hastingsobserver.co.uk/news/people/work-begins-on-icklesham-housing-development-3297880

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