More than 50 residents viewed plans for the redevelopment of a former sheltered accommodation unit in Shoreham last week.
Adur District Council is proposing to demolish the vacant Cecil Norris House in Ravens Road to make way for 15 affordable homes.
The new building, which would step up to three storeys making it a similar height to neighbouring homes, would consist of five one-bedroom homes and ten two-bedroom homes, including two split-level maisonettes.
The block will be modern and energy-efficient, with a green roof to help absorb pollutants, reduce excess rainwater and provide a micro-habitat for small insects.
Each home will also have a balcony or a terrace.
“Over 50 people attended the public exhibition and gave us some very useful feedback and we are continuing to have meetings with local community groups and neighbours,” the spokesman said.
“Our design team will review all the feedback and we hope to submit a detailed planning application in the coming weeks.
“If we are granted planning, we can start on site next year.”
To be eligible for one of the new homes, residents must be on the council’s housing register.
The homes will be affordable for rent at 80 per cent of the market rate.
The spokesman said: “This is the first council housing to be built by Adur District Council in over 30 years and will be the first of several building projects aiming to address a huge shortfall in affordable housing in the district.”
The development will be ‘car-free’ to reflect the accessible location of the homes, according to the spokesman.
There will be two disabled parking spaces with electric charging points, a drop off area and 15 cycle parking spaces.
Parking surveys have shown there is sufficient on-street parking for residents, the spokesman said.
Councillor Carson Albury, executive member for customer services, previously said: “It’s excellent for residents as it’s an addition to Adur’s current housing stock.
“Adur has actually set aside money to develop it themselves.”
The proposal follows a planning application which would see 15 affordable council homes included in a new 50-home development in Albion Street, Southwick.
This scheme will see the council work with private company Albion Street Developments to deliver the homes.
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