Pride as new council homes officially opened in Adur for the first time in three decades
Released: Tuesday, 05 October 2021
Adur’s cabinet member for housing spoke of his pride as the council officially took over the first social housing to be built in the district in 30 years.
The new three-storey Cecil Norris House, in Ravens Road, Shoreham, is one of several Adur and Worthing council home projects to tackle the shortfall of affordable housing in the area.
The £3.4 million development, designed by Brighton-based Liam Russell Architects, has replaced an empty and outdated 1970s council-owned block of retirement flats which was demolished in 2019.
The new building contains five one bed and eight two-bed flats, each has a balcony and shares a communal garden, and two split-level maisonettes with private gardens.
The main block has solar panels and a green roof, to improve urban biodiversity, and each home has a secure space for bike storage.
The handover from contractors Pilbeam Construction to the council took place on Wednesday September 29, before the building was officially opened two days later by Councillor Stephen Chipp, Chairman of Adur Council, Councillor Carson Albury, Adur’s cabinet member for Customer Services, which includes housing, and Councillor Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council.
Photo: The Chairman of Adur, Cllr Stephen Chipp, cutting the ribbon to Cecil Norris House with Cllr Carson Albury and Cllr Neil Parkin
Cllr Albury said:
“We are proud to have been able to build affordable council housing in Adur district for the first time in three decades.
“The previous block was outdated and no longer met the needs of our tenants. This new building is the first of several developments in the district which will help to move people on the housing waiting list to permanent homes.
“I am so pleased that we are now able to offer homes to Adur families at Cecil Norris House. We are fulfilling the promise we made, but this is just the beginning, there is a lot more to come."
Photo: Cllr Carson Albury, Adur's Executive Member for Customer Services, with Akin Akinyebo, Head of Housing at the Councils
Cllr Chipp said:
“I am delighted to have opened Cecil Norris House. The quality of build is fantastic and I hope that the people who are allocated flats from our housing register will be very happy here.”
Cllr Parkin said:
“Tackling the housing deficit in the Adur district is extremely important to ensure that we can provide affordable and sustainable homes for our tenants.
“The opening of this building marks a new chapter in social housing in the Adur district and is a positive step towards making changes in bringing down housing waiting lists.”
Tenants have already started to move into the properties which are being allocated to people on the council housing waiting list, providing much-needed social housing in the Adur district.
Photo: Councillors Parkin, Chipp and Albury on a viewing of Cecil Norris House
Photo: (L-R) Chairman of Adur, Cllr Stephen Chipp; Akin Akinyebo, Head of Housing at the Councils; Scott Giles, Pilbeam Construction; Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council; and Cllr Carson Albury, Adur's Executive Member for Customer Services
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Page last updated: 22 October 2021