The official opening of Grants Hill Court

Grants Hill Court, Wealden District Council’s flagship retirement development, has been officially opened by the Chairman of Wealden District Council.

“100 years after the Addison Act paved the way for large scale council housing, Wealden District Council is still providing quality affordable Council homes through our successful New Build programme,” said Councillor Pam Doodes. “We have commissioned 159 new council homes since 2014.”

This £11 million Uckfield scheme is the latest. It provides 67 self-contained apartments for older people. Designed to provide independent living for those aged over 60, the apartments will ensure residents’ mobility needs are met. It includes an on-site Court Manager plus 24 hour Lifeline support. The Court’s communal facilities include a lounge with tea bar, mobility scooter store, two lifts, assisted bathroom, two internal courtyard gardens and a guest suite.

“Wealden District Council believes that the provision of good quality Affordable Homes for local people is of huge importance,” said Councillor Doodes. “We have an ageing population. People are living longer, and that is something we should celebrate.

“It is important we develop a range of housing options that will help give our residents independence and a high quality of life, and refresh our housing stock to ensure it offers everything that people expect now from their homes.

“I am delighted to open this outstanding Retirement Living scheme which has been built by the Council, in partnership with Thakeham Client as contractors and designed by PRP Architects.”

Suzannah Masters, a former tenant of Streatfeild House who is the very first person to move into Grants Hill Court, said she was absolutely thrilled to be moving into the new building:

“It’s like a hotel. I have a wonderful view from my flat out to the South Downs which overlooks the roof gardens of the flats below. I couldn’t have wished for more, it really works well for me.”

This site was originally occupied by Grants Hill House, a large manor house which is reputed to be the last place the vanished aristocrat Lord Lucan was seen alive. The new Retirement Court replaces a Wealden sheltered housing scheme on the same site which was been built in 1981 and needed updating. The new scheme provides an extra 25 apartments. Work on the scheme has taken two years. Among those thanked by the Council Chairman were the residents of the neighbouring homes, especially the Thomas Scanlan Trust, and the users of Uckfield Bowls Club, for their patience during construction.

All images by Ron Hill (Hill Photographic)

Photo shows the Chairman of Wealden District Council, Cllr Pam Doodes, cutting the ribbon officially to open the new building. To the left is Trevor Scott, Chief Executive of Wealden District Council, to the right is Council Leader, Cllr Bob Standley and Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Ray Cade.