New homes being built in district creates a record

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A RECORD number of new homes were built around the Arun district last year.

Figures from Arun District Council show 723 of the properties were constructed in the year ending last March 31. This compared to 519 in the previous year.

Two out of every five of the homes were affordable and made available for rent or purchase under shared-ownership schemes to households who could not otherwise afford to rent or buy in the open market.

Most of the dwellings were suitable for families. Others were for older people.

Cllr Ricky Bower, who heads the council’s planning service, said: “I am pleased we are able to report not only a record number of new homes but a good number of affordable homes to help families who are struggling in difficult financial times.”

The council has also reported an increase in the amount of land made available to businesses.

This extra employment floorspace came to 3,217sq m in 2011-12 compared to 3,123sq m the year before.

Cllr Bower said he hoped this would help to attract new firms to the district.

Developers of the land paid for children’s play facilities, road improvements and sports facilities.