Adur council’s plan for providing the first new first council housing in more than 30 years is progressing, with the first project well under way in Ravens Road, Shoreham.
Under the trading name Adur Homes, the council is redeveloping the run-down Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road, Shoreham, to provide 15 homes to be available at discounted rents for people on the local housing register.
It is intended to be the start of a continuing programme to address the serious shortfall in local social housing.
At a public consultation session Adur Homes said this was the first of a number of projects aimed at creating well-designed, energy-efficient sustainable homes on council-owned land. They have several sites earmarked across the district and Ravens Road is the first such site.
Although the general idea of council-provided affordable housing is widely supported, the detail of what is being provided has been criticised, with particular surprise that the Ravens Road proposal does not include any car parking except two bays for disabled drivers.
Local residents close to the site also objected to the design and layout of the proposal, which they say will limit daylight to their homes and infringe their privacy.