Local MP Mel Stride helped us to celebrate the completion of 10 new homes built in the village of Tedburn St Mary. The celebrations coincided with the National Housing Federation’s South West Rural Housing Week which aims to raise the awareness of the value of affordable housing for keeping local communities and villages alive.
MP Mel Stride said: “I was delighted to attend this event and in particular to have an opportunity to meet with some of those fortunate enough to be benefiting from these excellent new affordable homes. I was particularly impressed that they have in the main been made available to local people with a strong connection to the area.”
Jo Reece, our Deputy Chief Executive said: “Building affordable homes in rural locations is vital in sustaining communities by keeping the need for services such as local shops, schools and pubs. Including the larger rural towns such as Bovey Tracey and Ashburton 40% of our housing stock is in rural areas. We want to work with our partners and rural communities to provide the housing that they need, with extensive consultation and are designed and built in a sympathetic way.”
Vaughan Lake, Hastoe's Development Manager for the West said: "This important scheme is the result of a creative and collaborative approach to the real problems that local people in rural communities face when it comes to finding somewhere affordable to live. We are really pleased to have been a part of this exciting development."
As the site is a rural exception site on the edge of the village, planning permission would not normally be granted. However, a housing needs survey was carried out by the Community Council for Devon which established the need for more affordable housing in the area.
Cllr Philip Vogel, Teignbridge District Council’s Executive Spokesperson for Planning and Housing said: “This affordable housing scheme is an example of partnership working between ourselves at Teignbridge District Council, Teign Housing, Hastoe Housing and Tedburn Parish Council to enable a local housing need for 10 families to be met.
“Although the site isn’t a typical example of somewhere that planning permission would be granted, we can sometimes make special exceptions for affordable homes. This is because they benefit both those who live in them and the surrounding community.
“I hope that those who live there will enjoy life in Tedburn St Mary, which is a wonderful and friendly rural community.”
Peter Bromell, District Councillor said: “Tedburn St Mary Parish Council is delighted that 10 local families have been able to move in to their new homes at Tremletts, so that people who grew up here are able to stay. We recognise that many local people have a housing need and we are grateful to Hastoe Homes, Teign Housing, Teignbridge District Council and Coyde Construction for making this development possible. We are very pleased to see how well built and designed they are and the occupants seem to be very happy in their new homes.”
The site was originally owned by Teignbridge District Council and was located close to existing homes at Tremletts Close, which is owned by ourselves. It was agreed that if the two housing associations developed in partnership, it would maximise the amount of land available to build on. We managed the development of the scheme and acquired the site, the 10 new homes were built with a Homes and Communities Agencies (HCA) grant and then four homes were transferred to Hastoe Housing Association on completion.