Passivhaus Homes for Burwash

The project to provide some local needs affordable housing on an Exception Site in Shrub Lane, Burwash (Rother District) is now very much taking shape with completion scheduled for Spring 2015.

On the 2nd October 2014 representatives from Burwash Parish Council, Rother DC, Hastoe Housing Association and Action in rural Sussex gathered for a turf cutting event to mark the construction of this highly energy efficient twelve unit development which will provide affordable homes for local people in perpetuity. Local MP Greg Barker was also in attendance as described in this Press Release.

The homes will be built with energy efficiency at the forefront of their design, lowering the costs for residents and allowing them to achieve Passivhaus certification which will ideally lead to greater comfort and lower costs for residents. This certification reflects the nature of the construction and the use of materials focused at improving insulation and lowering energy usage.

The role played by AirS in making this scheme happen involved raising awareness of the issue initially with the Parish Council, identifying the nature and scale of housing needs locally via a Housing Needs Survey, undertaking a site appraisal process to identify a suitable site, opening up negotiations between the landowner and housing association and then supporting the parish council to engage the community about the project. The Parish Council’s commitment to meeting the needs of their community is commendable and this scheme should act as a resource for the community for many years.

For further information on rural affordable housing please contact:

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

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