An additional £63 million investment in the Northern Arc at Burgess Hill in West Sussex from Homes England will support the delivery of up to 3,500 newly-constructed homes, the government has announced.
The funding injection from Homes England, the government’s housing accelerator, will come from the government’s Land Assembly Fund and allow the construction of key infrastructure. This will include roads, a bridge, landscaping, drainage and utility works located at both the eastern and western ends of the site.
The goal of these developments is to enable 1,250 new homes to be built in addition to a further 2,250 homes, once the centre of the site has been developed by 2023.
New developer announced
The news comes as Homes England also announces Countryside Properties as the developer for the Freeks Farm area of the site, who will start building the first phase of 460 homes in March 2020. These properties to be developed on the east side of the site are expected to be completed from December 2020, providing a mix of apartments and one to four-bedroom houses, according to a recent government press release.
Government promises quality homes
Stephen Kinsella, executive director for land at Homes England, commented: “As the government’s housing accelerator, we’re using our land, money, power and influence to make homes happen in the places they are most needed.
“This funding boost, alongside the appointment of the first developer, represents further great progress for the Northern Arc. We can now move quickly towards starting on the site and constructing quality new homes and facilities for the local community.”
Minister of state for housing, Kit Malthouse MP, said: “Burgess Hill is a shining example of how our £1.3 billion Land Assembly Fund is rising to meet the challenge of delivering more, better, faster home construction – helping to deliver up to 3,500 extra homes for the people of Sussex.”
He added that these efforts are all part of how the government aims to support the delivery of 300,000 new homes a year by the mid-2020s, helping a new generation to realise the dream of home ownership.
Phillip Lyons, chief executive for house building at Countryside Properties, commented: “Being able to influence the design and quality for the first phase of the Northern Arc in Burgess Hill is very exciting. We at Countryside are incredibly proud to be a part of this fantastic project, working collaboratively with Homes England to create places people love.”