Date: 27 September 2017
Saxon Weald is celebrating building its 1500th new home following the completion of its development of affordable rented homes at Alley Groves in Cowfold. The housing association marked the occasion by donating £500 to Cowfold parish council to go towards the cost of the village’s new sports pavilion and community centre.
Saxon Weald built its first new home in 2003 at Arun Road in Billingshurst. Since then, properties built include 11 extra care developments for over 55s, shared ownership homes for first-time buyers, Passiv-Haus eco-homes, wheelchair accessible bungalows, and everything from one-bed flats to four-bed houses.
David Standfast, Chief Executive, comments: “We’ve seen a lot of changes in the last 14 years, with the amount of grant available from the government for building affordable homes declining to the point where it has all but disappeared. While it’s becoming more challenging for us to build, we are determined to find ways to continue, because the need for affordable places to live is more acute than ever.
We are very proud of reaching this milestone, but we could not have done it without the support of our many partners, particularly Horsham District Council who supported us in this development at Alley Groves. We offer them all our sincere thanks and look forward to working with many of them again as we continue our journey.”
Councillor Kate Rowbottom, Horsham’s Cabinet Member for Housing and Public Protection, adds: “Horsham District Council is pleased to have been able to support Saxon Weald to deliver such a fantastic affordable rented accommodation solution in the Cowfold Parish.
Supporting Registered Providers to deliver affordable rented accommodation is crucial to help those on the Council’s Housing Register to secure a suitable home”.
Saxon Weald owns over 6500 homes in total, 82% of which are located in the Horsham District.