Housebuilding in Hastings
We were pleased to welcome representatives from the NHBC and Sarah Owen, Hastings & Rye parliamentary candidate for the Labour party, to High Breezes in Hastings today.
The visit was one of several being organised by the NHBC across the country to discuss housebuilding matters at a local level.
As the largest housebuilder in the Hastings and St. Leonards area our development of 79 2 & 3 bedroom houses off The Ridge in Hastings which are protected by the NHBC’s 10 year Buildmark warranty provided an ideal venue.
Alongside the strength of demand for these new homes, particularly among first time buyers, the morning provided chance to talk about planning issues and the need for further building in the area. The number of new homes being built in Hastings has been below UK constituency averages in the last few years.
The benefits of housebuilding were also discussed, including in the case of High Breezes, the regeneration of the area and boost to the local economy; over 80% of the team currently working on site at High Breezes live within 8 miles of the development, whilst the construction works also generate trade for local building materials suppliers.
Pictured left to right: Paul de Garis, NHBC Inspection Manager, Sue McGreevy, Managing Director The Park Lane Group, Sarah Owen, Labour PPC for Hastings & Rye and Harvey Fletcher, Project Manager The Park Lane Group,
NHBC Housing statistics: The level of housebuilding is relatively low in Hastings and Rye, with just 53 new homes started in 2012. This decreased to 46 new homes started in 2013, but then more than doubled to 102 new homes last year (subject to adjustments), a figure which lags behind the UK constituency average.
You can visit the NHBC website here for more information.