Five families become first tenants in ongoing housing development


Five families have settled in as the first tenants of a Crawley housing development that will contain 112 homes when finished.

A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said residents moved into the council houses in the Bewbush development, called Buchans Mead, around two weeks ago.

Anna said: “We’ve been here two weeks and really like it. It’s very nice; I love the playing field next door and the bus stop is really convenient.

“I met my neighbours and they are nice. Millie likes living her – there is a park nearby and having a garden is great!”

When complete in late 2015, Buchans Mead, off Breezehurst Drive, will contain 44 private homes, 40 council homes, 18 rental homes and 10 shared-ownership homes as well as 180 parking spaces and 112 cycle spaces.

The properties will mostly consist of two-storey housing, with two blocks of three-storey flats.

The council spokesman added: “The whole scheme will achieve Sustainable Homes Code Level Four – with every home benefiting from solar panels – as well as Lifetime Homes standards, and will provide 180 parking spaces and 112 cycle spaces.”

Buchans Mead is a partnership between the council and Moat and Countryside Properties and was awarded a £1million grant by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Cllr Stephen Joyce, cabinet member for housing, said: “We’re committed to meeting the housing needs of local people and these 40 council homes are helping us to do that.

“I’m also pleased to see the solar panels on the properties. Not only are these an environmentally-friendly way to power these homes but they’ll save our tenants money on energy bills too.”