Amber Rudd MP visits Gemselect new homes in Archery Ground St Leonards

Huge progress is being made building the homes that Hastings needs, declared local MP Amber Rudd after a visit to a new housing site.

Amber was hosted by Gemselect where she saw for herself some of the 109 new and refurbished properties being built in Decimus Burton’s St Leonards

Amber Rudd said:

“Huge progress is being made on this project and it’s one of many that will improve our community by using our local trades, suppliers and workforce to enhance the site whilst also preserving its heritage.

“House building allows hard working local people to realise their dreams of owning a home, and also contributes to more jobs, higher wages and better living standards for the area.

“I was delighted to meet with Gemselect and to see the progress being made on this project. It is clear that Gemselect are focusing on involving the community

“I look forward to hearing more about this project as it develops and seeing their work with our community continue.”

Gemselect, Battle based Housing Developers, have been involved with the Archery Ground site in Burton St Leonards since 2014 and it is now taking shape beautifully.

Close and lengthy cooperation with the local planning and conservation department was undertaken to ensure that the development preserved the surrounding heritage area of historic St Leonards and to achieve a result that benefitted everyone.

The Archery Ground, a former quarry used in the 19th century by the Royal St Leonards Archers and then laid out as a garden, was dedicated to educational use for the Hastings College of Art and Technology in the 1950’s. Demolished in 2015 by Gemselect, it has been a ‘work in progress’ for some time and finally the much-needed new homes are in sight, breathing new life into this bustling community.

Gemselect anticipate the first phases of new homes being available by Spring 2019 and will be available either as an outright purchases through themselves or available for rent and shared ownership through Orbit Housing Association.

The total build spend is anticipated to be in the region of £28 million which will be a much needed financial boost in the heart of St. Leonards on Sea.

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Notes to the editor:

  • Amber is pictured with Nicola Piper, Chris Banfield, and Gordon Ritchie of Gemselect

For further information contact:

Nicola Piper, Sales Manager, Gemselect Ltd 01424 772000 /