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Abbeyfield announces £14m housing and care development

Heathfield

Abbeyfield South Downs has announced a £14m housing and care development in Heathfield, East Sussex.

The 48 unit scheme of one and two bedroom apartments is being built on the site of a block of derelict housing association flats and the Holdenhurst nine unit Abbeyfield managed property.

Nolan Taylor, Chief Executive of Abbeyfield South Downs, said: “Our market research on the area has demonstrated great need, largely out in the many small communities surrounding Heathfield. Abbeyfield South Downs has always championed supporting those most in need, rather than just those able to afford comfortable living. Therefore, although up to 15 apartments are to be sold as leasehold, the entire remaining 33 are being delivered as affordable housing and we are even hoping to be able to fund three more as affordable. Our achievement in delivering a substantial proportion of new affordable homes is something of which we are immensely proud.”

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The site, which is being financed by Abbeyfield South Downs, Homes England, Charity Bank and Big Society Capital, and supplemented by recycled grant funding from The Abbeyfield Society, will include a hairdressers, spa suite, wellbeing centre, combined café, bar and movie room, and a guest suite for friends and relatives who wish to stay near their loved ones. Use of the facilities will also be offered to like-minded charities.

Abdul A Ravat, Head of Development and Relationships at The Abbeyfield Society, added: “It was crucially important for us to be able offer an affordable accommodation option for over-55s in the region, and we are delighted to work alongside Abbeyfield South Downs to realise and develop this ambition. Holdenhurst will perfectly complement the Abbeyfield mission of not only providing the housing and care that older people need, but also the community life and meaningful social connections that all our houses and homes strive to cultivate, both within their walls and around the local area.”

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