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Sustainable homes to be built in Sussex

Raven Housing Trust have completed the first phase of construction on a new zero carbon development in Lewes, East Sussex.

Contractor and manufacturer, Boutique Modern, have laid the foundations and completed other preparatory works for the new development, which consists of 32 affordable one, two and three-bedroomed homes. The properties have been split into 18 maisonettes for affordable rent and a further 14 properties available for shared ownership.

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The properties are also beneficial to the environment as well as people’s pockets. Raven is expected to fit each property with energy saving technologies such as solar panels and heat pumps to ensure they will have a zero-carbon footprint.

Against this backdrop, Raven is also using the latest modern methods of construction (MMC) from local, Newheaven-based company Boutique Modern, which factory-produces homes off-site. Workers will assemble the modules using cranes, then add roofs and building facades.

This approach reduces construction waste and the number of deliveries to site. As Boutique Modern’s factory is just 10 miles away, carbon emissions associated with transporting the homes will be kept to a minimum.

Commenting on the news, Ali Bennett, executive director of homes at Raven, said: ‘This latest development in Lewes is testament to Raven’s commitment to net zero carbon and sustainable development. With funding from Homes England and South Downs National Park Authority, this is a great example of partnership working to deliver much needed affordable homes.

‘By using Modern Methods of Construction, as well as integrating sustainable technologies such as solar panels, ground source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging points into every property in our new Lewes development, we’re making great strides towards our goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and setting a benchmark for future projects.’

 Ali added: ‘We’re delighted to announce completion of the first construction phase and look forward to fulfilling the aspirations of 32 families awaiting the opportunity to call Lewes home.’

Situated on the former Pells Church of England School site, Raven’s new Lewes development is due to be fully finished by Spring 2025 – the first two properties will be show homes and open for viewings this summer.

Image: Josh Olalde

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