Syrian refugees will be given a seven-bedroom home in one of the most desirable parts of Britain, it was revealed last night. The spacious property – worth an estimated £400,000 – is in Home Secretary Amber Rudd’s constituency of historic Rye, East Sussex.

The furnished end-of-terrace home has been empty for two years but is now reserved for “imminent arrivals” by Rother Council, which has 1,132 people waiting for social housing. The property, close to the harbour and with on-street parking, was previously used as accommodation for needy young people. It is part of the Government’s plans to speed up the resettlement of people fleeing the war-torn country.

But the controversial move has divided the coastal town. One neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “I think it’s absolutely disgraceful when people are homeless. Maybe a family with three or four children could have that house or veterans. I don’t think this should be allowed.”