Teign Housing has unveiled 10 new homes in Buckfastleigh in memory of former involved tenant, Pam Harding. MP Mel Stride was amongst a number of guests who attended the opening event on Friday 4 May at Harding Court.
Harding Court comprises of 10 two bedroom homes, including four bungalows, for affordable rent.
The new homes have been developed on land that was previously owned by Teignbridge District Council. The district council sold the land to Teign Housing and also provided £30,000 of funding for the scheme. £537,502 of funding was also obtained from the Homes and Communities Agency.
Peter Wharf, Teign Housing’s Chair of the Board said: “We named the development after Pam Harding who sadly passed away last year after losing her battle to cancer. Pam was an active member of our Tenants’ Forum and later became a well-respected tenant Board Member.
“She gave up a lot of her time to represent all tenants across Teignbridge, making sure that they had choice and access to good quality affordable housing. I am confident that Pam would have been thrilled with what we have achieved at Harding Court as it represents everything she believed affordable housing should be.”
MP Mel Stride said: “Affordable housing for local people is one of the most important issues in my constituency given that wages are relatively low and house prices so high. So I was delighted to officially open Harding Court in Buckfastleigh and I commend Teign Housing on this great new development."
Cllr Philip Vogel, Teignbridge Executive Spokesperson for Housing and Planning said: “We were very pleased to make this development a reality by contributing funding and transferring land, and to work in partnership with Teign Housing, their architects, Dartmoor National Park Authority, Buckfastleigh Town Council and Croyde Construction.
"These affordable homes are a much-needed addition to housing in Buckfastleigh and show what can be achieved with good quality design within the National Park.
"I hope that residents will enjoy living at Harding Court."
All of the homes have been built to Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, which means they are 44% more energy efficient than homes built to the current standard building regulations. This is the highest level Teign Housing has met in their developments so far.
The development was built on land that surrounds Harewood House, which is a 19th Century building that was once home to an affluent family. The wall of the original kitchen garden has been left as it was and can be seen in the gardens of the new homes. Harewood House was previously converted into flats and are now managed by Teign Housing.
Photograph L-R: Cllr Philip Vogel, Peter Wharf Chair of the Board Teign Housing, MP Mel Stride and Mike Hanrahan Chief Executive Teign Housing.