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May 28 2015.

Ihis is an early architect’s drawing of what innovative council-owned homes in Newhaven could look like, as part of wider plans to build much-needed new homes across the district. Now Lewes District Council and its development partners want local people to get involved with designing their communities.

LDC has joined forces with Brighton-based Karis Developments, who have brought together a consortium including Southern Housing Group, one of southern England’s largest housing associations, and internationally-renowned architects Conran and Partners, to consult on building around 415 homes across the district, at least 40 per cent of which will be affordable.

There is a real shortage of homes in Lewes District, with market housing often unaffordable to residents on an average income and nearly 2000 households on the housing waiting list. Building new homes including council homes is vital if LDC is to address this housing crisis.

Innovative design and sustainability are at the heart of the plans, which will also create new premises for local businesses and provide exciting opportunities for regeneration.

There will be an on-going consultation with local communities about what they want on a range of sites across the District, which have been identified as being suitable for development.

The proposed developments will range from iconic seafront apartments at The Buckle in Seaford to council-owned riverside homes at Robinson Road in Newhaven, contributing to wider plans to regenerate the town.

Conran and Partners will combine its expertise in designing beautiful homes using locally-sourced materials with input from local communities to ensure the developments are sensitive to their settings and environmentally sustainable, including much-needed affordable homes in rural areas.

Councillor Rob Blackman, Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “The initial proposals for council homes in Newhaven will really support our efforts to rejuvenate the town.

“It has taken a while to negotiate what is a complex development agreement and I know that many people are keen to understand the ideas and sites affected. I am delighted that we can now set these out and open up discussions with the community.”

The proposed developments will come under two planning authorities: Lewes District Council and the South Downs National Park Authority, with the first set of planning applications expected to be submitted by the end of 2015.  

If you would like to comment on the development plans, or be part of the pre-planning process, email  or call 01273 471600.

For more information visit where regular updates about public consultation meetings will be published.