First major affordable housing site in Ashburton in 22 years nearing completion
A celebratory event was held to mark the first major affordable home development in Ashburton for 22 years. Social housing provider LiveWest has teamed up with the Dartmoor National Park Authority, Teignbridge District Council and local developers Coyde Construction to develop a scheme of 39 affordable homes in the town.
Work began to develop the four-acre site in March last year and some of the homes are now complete as residents prepare to move in in July. The development comprises a range of houses, from one to four bedrooms, including a two bedroom bungalow which will be specially built for a wheelchair user. The units will be a mix of 25 social rental units and 14 condominium units.
The development, which is due to be completed by the end of the year, is supported by a grant from Homes England. Gareth Jones, Development Director of LiveWest, said: “We are very pleased to see some of the homes in Ashburton have been completed. Our vision is to create homes and communities that people love to live in, and this is a place that definitely supports that. We are committed to delivering new affordable homes in the South West to help meet local housing needs. With grant support from Homes England, we are able to provide all 39 homes in Ashburton as affordable housing. It was fantastic to see so many future residents at the event and we look forward to handing over the keys to their new homes in July.
Councilor Martin Wrigley, Executive Member of Housing at Teignbridge District Council, said: ‘The strong demand for these new homes shows the real need for quality and affordable homes and the benefits that come from different organizations working together with a local promoter. I am delighted that the people of Ashburton now have safe and affordable housing, and I am sure it will be a great place to live.
Jenny Coyde, Managing Director of Coyde Construction, said: “We are delighted to be working with LiveWest to deliver on their vision and commitment to this exciting project in Ashburton. We look forward to seeing families enjoy the houses and play park when complete. »
The last affordable housing development in Ashburton was completed in 2000. Since then, Ashburton Affordable Housing Group, its successor Ashburton Community Land Trust and Ashburton City Council have continued to explore ways to work with partners to providing and allocating more affordable housing to residents. and people with a close connection to the city.
Philip Sanders, Chairman of the Dartmoor National Park Authority’s Development Management Committee, said: ‘This affordable housing scheme is a credit to the hard and persistent work of all partners involved, including the planning team. from the National Park Authority, Teignbridge Housing Team, LiveWest and Ashburton. Municipal Council. It’s great to see development moving forward to provide much needed affordable housing, which is so important to maintaining Ashburton as a thriving and vibrant Dartmoor community.
Philip Vogel, Mayor of Ashburton City Council, said: “Ashburton City Council is celebrating the completion of this first phase of social tenancy and condominium homes in Lucy’s Mead, for those with ties to Ashburton. This investment provides the community of Ashburton with the first large affordable homes developed in the town in 22 years.
“The time taken to complete construction, despite Covid-19, is a testament to the partnership and cooperation between Dartmoor National Park, LiveWest, Teignbridge District Council, Coyde Construction, Homes England, Devon County Council, Jean Distin and the Ashburton City Council.
“Ashburton City Council would also like to thank the officers both on the front line and who worked behind the scenes across all organizations, for ensuring a strong allocation policy, dealing with applicants and generally responding to inevitable daily questions.”
Tracey Harper, who is due to move into her new home in July, said: “My husband and I are very much looking forward to moving into our new home in Ashburton. The views are beautiful and the houses look lovely. My husband has developed a rare eye disease which means he only has 6% vision. It will be a fresh start for him and the perfect location as he will be nice and quiet.
“LiveWest made the housing application process very easy and were helpful and supportive throughout. We can’t wait to get in now and start a new chapter in our lives.”