Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council have completed the sale of the Mead House and car park site in Crowborough.
The Cabinet member responsible for the sale of this asset, Councillor Roy Galley, said:
The sale to developer Abbey Homes will bring much-needed new homes to the middle of Crowborough.
It will help maintain the commercial prosperity of the town centre. The 68 new homes will be mainly one-bedroom and two bedroom apartments and include 21 affordable homes, offering housing opportunities for younger people.
Access to the site was closed on Tuesday, with work on the site is expected to begin shortly. The Council’s press release explained that the proceeds for the sale of the assets which belong to the District Council will be used to fund capital improvement projects across Wealden; those due to the County Council will be spent on capital projects across East Sussex.
A question to the Leader of Wealden District Council from Alan Cornish in May revealed how the net proceeds from the sale will be allocated to the County and District Councils (Correction: Incorrectly a previous version of this article said the proceeds of the sale was £1.1 million. The correct figure is not know by CrowboroughLife. Once established it will be published.)
The development, which will take place in the site of a redundant Beaconwood building and an “under-used” free car park, received planning permission in April this year.
Wealden District Council’s former Pine Grove office building was sold to Crowborough Town Council in 2016 to create an enterprise centre for business. The freehold of the Community Centre site will now been sold to Crowborough Town Council for £1 as part of the re-development.