Six new homes for affordable rent are starting to take shape in Broadhempston. Newton Abbot based affordable housing provider, Teign Housing, have been working with Oakley Builders and Broadhempston’s Community Land Trust and Parish Council to design and build the homes that will provide a valuable asset for the village – due for completion in November 2014.
Mike Hanrahan, Teign Housing’s chief executive said: “We really enjoy being part of development projects like this. Working closely with communities to provide homes that meet the specific needs of a town or village is what we are all about. By setting up and working with Community Land Trusts, we can ensure that the investment will remain in the village. Developments like this not only provide affordable housing, but also help maintain the local economy and sustainability of an area.”
Simon Sutcliffe, Chair of Broadhempston Parish Council said: “We are very pleased to have got this project going with the help of Teign Housing, Teignbridge District Council and the Somerset, Devon & Dorset Community Land Trust Project. It will be of huge benefit to the Parish for years to come.”
Teign Housing’s investment in the scheme also includes levelling an area of land and improving access to the neighbouring play area. Part of the land has also been earmarked as a potential area for a new Village Hall.
A Community Land Trust is an ‘all village’ organisation. They are set up to benefit the local community and anyone living in the village can join – some charge a small membership fee of £1. They are managed by a local committee on a voluntary basis and any income the trust makes pay for their running costs and any surpluses are re-invested to benefit the village.
Teign Housing is working with another Community Land Trust which has been set up in Christow on the Dartmoor National Park. This development will provide 18 new homes and are due to start on site this summer.