The property, which has been vacant for some time, has been demolished and construction proper will start on the 15 high-quality affordable homes in the New Year.
This Design and Build project will be constructed using a timber frame solution with brick cladding and some curtain walling and aluminum paneling. The building is to be heavily insulated and utilise ‘smart technology’ to reduce maintenance and improve the wellbeing of residents.
This development meets with Adur District Council’s requirements to create ‘contemporary sustainable residential dwellings across the district’ and minimise the use of temporary housing facilities for local people.
A spokesman for the council said: “This is the first council housing to be built by Adur District Council in over 30 years and will be the first of several building projects aiming to address a huge shortfall in affordable housing in the district.”
The proposal was developed by Adur Homes, the Councils’ housing arm, to meet the shortage of one and two bedroom properties in the area.
The modern building will be highly energy efficient, incorporating cycle spaces and a green roof to improve urban biodiversity. It will consist of five one bed, eight two-bed and two split-level maisonettes with private gardens at the eastern end of the building.
Councillor Carson Albury, Adur District Council’s Executive Member for Customer Services, which includes housing, described it as a “great result”. He added:
“I’m delighted that the planning committee approved these plans to create some of the first new council housing in Adur for 30 years.”
“This proposal will see us demolish an outdated 1970s vacant block which did not meet the needs of our tenants and replace it with modern homes in the heart of Shoreham for individuals and families on our housing waiting list.”