Conservative Group Housing Spokesman on Brighton & Hove City Council – Cllr. Garry Peltzer Dunn – has welcomed the start of work on the first new council house building programme in the City for a generation. The homes will be built at Ainsworth House, an ageing sheltered housing scheme in Wellington Road, Brighton and were the brainchild of the previous Conservative Administration of the Council, with plans being submitted back in late 2010.
The ‘turf turning’ ceremony took place last week at Ainsworth House, which has now been demolished to make way for the new development. The plans include:
• 3 x 4-bedroom family houses with gardens
• 7 x 2-bedroom flats – two that are fully wheelchair accessible
• 5 x 1 bed flats.
Cllr Peltzer Dunn said: “I am delighted that work has now started on these much-needed new homes. Great credit should go to the previous Cabinet Member for Housing – Maria Caulfield – for driving this programme through and also to the tenants who worked very closely with the Council on designing this new scheme. It would be nice if the Green Administration could give us some credit for enabling this to happen and I look forward with interest to seeing how they will implement the rest of our Estates Master Plan, which identified council-owned sites that could deliver a further 800 new homes in the city. The demand for social housing in Brighton & Hove massively outstrips supply and so it is vital that the Greens take this work forward as a matter of urgency.”