Partnership buys Pagham land set for 400 homes

A housing association and developer have bought the 52 acre site off Summer Lane in Pagham where there is permission to build a 400-home community.

Tuesday, 29th June 2021, 2:41 pm

VIVID, one of the largest housing associations in the south, in partnership with Foreman Homes, has invested £50m in the site.

Arun District Council’s development control committee granted planning permission for the homes in 2018 despite massive concerns from residents.

Pagham Parish Council launched a judicial review but this was dismissed by a High Court judge in 2019.

The 400-home site south of Summer Lane, Pagham, has been bought by housing association VIVID and Foreman Homes
The 400-home site south of Summer Lane, Pagham, has been bought by housing association VIVID and Foreman Homes

The scheme will provide a mix of housing types and tenures to suit the needs of the community, said VIVID,

While planning approval dictates 30 per cent of the homes must be of affordable tenures, VIVID has committed, through its Homes England Strategic Partnership grant, to increase this to 219. These homes will be a mix of social rented and shared ownership homes.

The development also includes a community centre, primary school and community facilities.

This is VIVID’s first major development in West Sussex after announcing its expansion into the county last year.

Mike Shepherd, director of new business and development, said: “Our acquisition of the land in Pagham, with Foreman Homes, enables us to provide more good quality, affordable homes.

“We’ve one of the largest housing associations led building programmes in the country, with a focus on building homes tailored to meet local need.

“This new land in Pagham will help bring hundreds of new homes to Arun, offering a range of affordable options, tenures and sizes to suit everyone’s individual situation – something that is desperately needed in the area.

“The development will not only deliver good quality new homes but a range of facilities that can be enjoyed by its residents and the wider community.”

VIVID built 1,010 new home last year to help address the housing shortage in its operating area of Hampshire, Berkshire, Surrey and West Sussex, despite the disruption and challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Of these new homes delivered, 42 per cent were built for social or affordable rent and 319 were built for shared ownership.