New affordable homes for St Leonards


03 October 2018

We're due to complete 26 homes in St Leonards as part of the Coastal Space project.

Shadow Housing Minister, Sarah Jones MP, visited Winchester House in Pevensey Road on Tuesday 2 October. She was given a tour of the site and discovered more about the Coastal Space project, which is turning empty, run down and derelict properties into quality affordable homes.

Coastal Space has already transformed 38 properties across seven sites in St Leonards since 2013. The scheme is funded by us, Hastings Borough Council, Homes England and South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP).

Winchester House has stood empty for over ten years. The refurbishment includes 26 apartments featuring a mix of one and two bedroom apartments, which are affordable rent for local people. It is due to complete in November.

Paul Hackett, our Chief Executive, said: “I’m very proud of the work we’ve done in partnership with the Council to bring these buildings back to life as high quality homes for local residents. The Coastal Space project continues to have such a positive impact on the central St Leonards area of the town. We were really pleased to welcome the Shadow Housing Minister to Winchester House and look forward to seeing Coastal Space make a huge difference to more people’s lives in the future.”

Peter Chowney, Leader of Hastings Council and Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Hastings & Rye, said: “This is the second phase of the Coastal Space scheme, funded jointly by Hastings Council and Optivo. The scheme has brought back into use several large, abandoned buildings in St Leonards as social rented housing. Not only does this provide much-needed social housing, it improves the local area too.”

Sarah Jones MP, Shadow Minister for Housing, said: “There’s no excuse for homes lying empty while we face a massive housing crisis across the country. I’m really pleased to see this property being brought back into use and I congratulate all involved.”

The next phase of this project is currently underway.  A total of 16 apartments will be provided following the conversion of a disused care home, Leolyn House, in Pevensey Road.