Talks to discuss £7m council loan for Horsham housing development

JPCT 140314 Winterton Court, New Street, Horsham. Photo by Derek  Martin SUS-140314-151109001
JPCT 140314 Winterton Court, New Street, Horsham. Photo by Derek Martin SUS-140314-151109001

Talks are due to be held over a £7m council loan to a Horsham housing association.

Saxon Weald’s bid to demolish its sheltered housing for the elderly, mostly bungalows, in Winterton Court and replace them with 69 affordable homes was rejected by Horsham District Council’s development control north committee back in April 2015.

Councillors criticised the design of the new homes, loss of privacy for nearby homes in New Street, overdevelopment of the site, and parking issues in the vicinity.

The housing association has now submitted a fresh application for 59 flats and seven homes.

However this time only 20 flats would be intermediate rent, the three homes would be shared ownership, and the remaining 39 flats and four homes would be sold on the open market.

This would meet the council’s 35 per cent affordable housing target.

HDC agreed to loan Saxon Weald £7m to redevelop Winterton Court back in September 2014.

But this week a HDC spokesman said: “The council’s decision to loan £7m to Saxon Weald for the redevelopment of Winterton Court was based on the affordable housing content of the scheme.

“As there have been changes to the scheme, we will be talking with Saxon Weald about the terms of the loan agreement associated with this development.”

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