DOZENS of “affordable” homes have been approved to replace an outdated Seventies bedsit.

Horsham District Council gave the green light to housing association Saxon Weald’s plans for 48 homes in Page Court in the town.

The ageing housing block at the site will be demolished and replaced with 40 flats and eight terraced houses.

District council community chief Tricia Youtan said the homes were “much needed” .

“The development will enable 48 families and individuals to be appropriately housed in a central and convenient town centre location,” she said.

“This is a great example of the successful collaborative work the council achieves with the Horsham-based housing association Saxon Weald, enabling us to deliver a high number of affordable homes across the district year on year.”

“Affordable” homes are defined by the Government as costing a maximum of 80 per cent of the average rent.