First affordable homes of £8.7m development open in Yapton

From L to R: ADC Cllr Ricky Bower, resident Emma Bone, and Richard Stevenson and Jonathan Layzell from Stonewater cut the ribbon on the opening of the first phase of homes at Charles Church Emerald Gardens
From L to R: ADC Cllr Ricky Bower, resident Emma Bone, and Richard Stevenson and Jonathan Layzell from Stonewater cut the ribbon on the opening of the first phase of homes at Charles Church Emerald Gardens

THE first 15 homes of a £8.7million affordable homes development for people living and working in the Arun district have opened in Yapton.

In total there will be 69 affordable homes at the new Charles Church Emerald Gardens site, off Goodhew Close, and last week the first phase costing £1.6m was completed.

Developer Stonewater says the homes, which are for rent and shared ownership and should all be finished by December 2016, will help local people in need of housing throughout the local area.

Cllr Ricky Bower, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure at Arun District Council, said: “I am delighted that 69 new affordable homes are being built in the Arun district thanks to this scheme.

He said the council had enabled the development of 1,000 affordable homes from 2010 to 2015 which had helped ‘to ease the national housing shortage’, adding: “The council has built the most affordable homes in West Sussex over recent years and this confirms our commitment to the housing shortage for those most in need in our communities.”

Richard Stevenson from Stonewater said it would allow key local people to stay in their community close to their families.

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