Local residents get pick of rural homes at Cherry Close
Published by Ruth A for The Hyde Group in Housing and also in Communities
L to R: Resident Alex Beech receives keys from Linda Tucker (The Hyde Group)
Rural Housing Week 2014 (16 -20 June) marks the start of life in a brand new Hyde home in Cocking, near friends and family, for a select group of local South Downs National Park residents.
This new development, a mix of two bedroom apartments and two and three bed houses will provide homes for 18 local families for social housing rent and shared ownership for people with a local area connection.
Alex Beech works at Midhurst Rother College and has lived locally for over three years. She moved into a three bedroom house with her 12 year old son and seven year old daughter, last week. She said: “It’s great that I’ve been able to get a home in this new development. I have a strong support network around me, including friends as well as my parents, who help with my children whilst I work and so it’s good that we can remain close. I’m also happy that I’ll be paying less rent in my new home. I used to pay rent but it was quite costly – these days every little, as they say, helps!”
Chris Buchan-Hepburn, Head of Rural Projects at The Hyde Group (Hyde) said: “We’re delighted the homes are now ready for families to move in. The new development at Cherry Close is the fruition of our close work with the parish council and Chichester District Council, Hyde is really pleased with the design and by working together with the South Downs National Park the completed development looks stunning. Rural housing for local people is very important to Hyde and our residents.
“During Rural Housing it’s timely to remember that new, affordable housing in rural areas is widely recognised as a key component of keeping these local communities sustainable. Hyde has an active rural housing programme across West Sussex and Hampshire where we are supporting the ambitions of communities to meet their affordable housing needs.”
Carol Purnell, Cabinet Member for Housing and Planning at Chichester District Council visited the development with a group of colleagues from Chichester District Council; including Cllr John Cherry, Ward Councillor for Cocking. She said: “We want our rural communities to thrive and to help people to continue to live in an area where they have a local connection. This development helps us to achieve this goal, by providing high quality, affordable housing for local people that they can either rent or buy. Through redeveloping an old block that needed extensive modernising; this new housing has also helped to improve the local area.”
Cocking Parish Council Chair, Richard Marks also visited Cherry Close. He said: “This is a great example of local people working with a developer to deliver affordable homes and were delighted to support the initiative. We’re keen to give local families the chance to live in Cocking and an opportunity, if they desire, to get onto the home ownership ladder.
“I’d like to thank Frances Russell, my predecessor, who did so much during her time as Chair of the Parish Council to get these homes built. Also John Cherry, Ward Councillor for Cocking. It has already had an impact on the community.”
For more information contact Ruth Appiah, The Hyde Group. Phone: 020 3207 2701; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org