Adur District Council to deliver more than 150 affordable homes on brownfield sites

Released: Tuesday, 13 December 2022

A severe shortage of Council homes in Adur is to be eased slightly by demolishing some partially used garages in Lancing and transforming the site into new affordable homes.

Adur Homes, which is our own housing service, has been granted permission to flatten 52 garages on a site accessed from Gravelly Crescent and Daniel Close to build 16 new homes.

There are 800 people on our Council homes waiting list and we are keen to utilise our small sites that are currently being under-used across the area to provide residents with quality new housing without the need to build on greenfield land.

So far we have, or are in the process of delivering more than 150 affordable homes on brownfield sites in the district with 49 new homes on Albion Street in Southwick, as well as the refurbishment of two neighbouring properties into six flats.

We have already provided 15 new homes at Cecil Norris House, in Ravens Road, Shoreham. In addition, planning permission has been granted for five new sites in the district - Leconfield Road, Lancing, Sylvan Road, Sompting, St Giles Close and Wilmot Road, Shoreham, and Gardner Road, Southwick.

There are already plans for more than 35 homes being completed on these types of sites to help tackle the social housing shortage in the district, while there are also 44 homes for older people set to be built at the old Ashcroft site, in Southwick.

Garage blocks at Leconfield Road in Lancing, at Gardner Road in Fishersgate and at St Giles Close, Sylvan Road and Wilmot Road in Shoreham are also being turned into housing, while the Council is in the process of appointing construction firms for the projects, backed by £566,000 of government funding.

In addition, little-used South Street car park in Lancing is also being turned into seven terraced houses with gardens, for emergency and temporary accommodation, saving us more than £5m by reducing the need for it to pay for bed and breakfast accommodation for residents without somewhere to stay.

Cllr Carson Albury, Adur District Council's Cabinet Member for Adur Homes and Customer Services, said:

“We do have a severe shortage of social housing in Adur and we are committed to trying to deliver as many quality houses for people of all ages as soon as possible.

“We have already earmarked several sites across the district that are currently not being utilised properly to help ease this shortage. Using sites like this means that potential greenfield sites are not built on.”

The Gravelly Crescent site will be replaced with four three-bedroom houses, two two-bedroom houses and a one-bedroom disabled access bungalow.

The Daniel Close garages will be replaced with seven two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom houses with disabled access.

The homes will be heated by air source heat pumps, which use natural heat from the air to warm homes, reducing carbon emissions and improving air quality, as well as supplying cheaper energy for residents. There will also be 16 parking spaces.

Although some of the existing garages are in use, the majority are not suitable for storing cars as they are too small for modern vehicles.

Photo: Garages at Daniel Close, Lancing

PR22-229 - Garages at Daniel Close, Lancing

Photo: Access road to the garages at Gravelly Crescent in Lancing

PR22-229 - Access road to the garages at Gravelly Crescent in Lancing

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