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A small development of five affordable new homes in Isfield, East Sussex, was hailed as ‘a first’ by a Wealden District Councillor.

The new homes were built by Sussex-based housing association Saxon Weald. Councillor Graham Wells, Cabinet Member for Affordable Housing, said they were unique in his experience as they had received ‘no objections and sailed through the planning process’.

Speaking at the same event, Geoff Sambrook, Chairman of Isfield Parish Council, congratulated everyone who had helped to build them and said they fitted into the village very well. David Standfast, Chief Executive of Saxon Weald, said the homes in Culpeper Close had enabled young local people to stay in the village.

This was confirmed by one of the new residents, Helen Stonham, who said: “I have lived in Isfield for 32 years – all my life. If these homes hadn’t been built I would have had to leave the village where my family live and where I work.”

The three houses and two flats are named after Isfield’s most famous resident, the 17th century herbalist Nicholas Culpeper.

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