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Abandoned Manor Court Flats Finally Demolished Ready For Redevelopment

6th July 2020 | By Peter Chapman

The abandoned Manor Court sheltered housing complex has finally been demolished, two and a half years after gaining planning permission for a three-storey building, containing 14 two-bedroom flats to replace it.

The scheme from Affinity Sutton Homes (now Clarion) came under fire back in October 2017, as all units are assigned as 'Help to buy' with no 'affordable rent' dwellings allocated. It was viewed by councillors that 'Help to buy' is not truly social housing and does not help the members of the community in most need.

Manor Court's existing layout was 15 one-bedroom flats for the elderly as a sheltered housing scheme.

A few years later and the building is finally gone

In the planning report presented to the planning committe back in October 2017, the MSDC housing officer wrote:
Currently the Homes and Communities Agency affordable housing funding programme does not make provision for grants for affordable rented units which makes it financially challenging for Housing Associations to deliver rented units. The proposals will meet a need for low cost home ownership affordable housing in Burgess Hill for which there is a high demand.

The only drawing attached to the planning application showng what the building will look like from the main road.

The scheme will provide just 1 parking space per flat. It is considered that in this location, this level of car parking is satisfactory and would not result in any on street car parking that would lead to a highway safety hazard - yeah right!

Video - Take a look inside Manor Court in its abandoned state before its demolition...

Spread the word! Manor Court has finally been demolished and will be replaced with 14 two-bedroom flats.

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