Councillor Alan Sutton, Cabinet Member for Housing, Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council, visited the development along with Affordable Housing Enabling Officers Mark Bristow and Louise Williams. The homes are being delivered by Abri, one of the south’s largest housing providers, with construction undertaken by Abri’s own inhouse construction team.
The homes will be part of a new low-carbon development called The Yews, incorporating a range of sustainable features to help reduce energy bills for residents. Each of the homes will include solar panels on the roofs and air source heat pumps which transfer external heat into the home. Street lighting using a combination of renewable solar and wind power is also being used to help lower the carbon footprint of the development.
“It’s great to see the progress being made on these new affordable homes which are so important for the community to help meet local housing needs. Incorporating sustainable features is also a really positive addition which will make a big difference to help keep energy bills down for people that come to live here.”Councillor Alan Sutton at Chichester District Council
“It was a pleasure to meet with members of Chichester District Council and show them the progress being made to deliver sustainable, warm and affordable homes. Abri’s priority is to support its customers and communities through the cost of living crisis. We’re able to do this over the long term by working in partnership to provide more affordable homes where they’re needed most, and in a sustainable way with homes that are energy efficient to help save money on bills.”Sam Stone, Associate Director of Land and Planning at Abri
“By utilising our own construction team we’re able to have full control of the quality of the homes and use new innovations to help build more sustainably. As well as building affordable homes we want to support customers with the increased cost of living and by incorporating renewable energy systems we’re able to reduce the energy consumption needed for heating and lower carbon emissions.”John Kelly, Production Director at Abri
Of the 38 homes, seven homes will be affordable rent and 31 homes will be available to buy through shared ownership. The new development has received grant funding from Homes England to build the one, two, three and four-bedroom homes and is expected to be completed by early 2024.