Official Opening for fifteen new affordable homes, Okehampton, Devon

25/02/2011
25 February 2011

The Mayor of West Devon, Cllr John Hockridge will officially open a development of fifteen new affordable homes on Thursday 3 March at 2pm.

The homes at Sharp Hill and High Street, Okehampton comprise three and four bedroom houses and are some of the largest affordable rented properties in the district. Okehampton has the second highest local housing needs in West Devon.

The project was supported by West Devon Borough Council and a £1,335,000 investment from the Homes and Communities Agency, and with additional support from Hastoe this has helped provide the new homes for the town community.

The scheme meets Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and all homes are highly insulated with heating provided by air source heat pumps. A planted open space area within the development will also be seeded with meadow flowers.

Cllr Diana Moyse, Chair of West Devon Borough Council’s Future Planning and Housing Committee, said: “I am delighted this scheme has come to fruition. The Council and its partners have long recognised the need for this type of development in the area, and have worked tirelessly to achieve it. We now look forward to seeing local families settle into their new homes.”

Jo Flint, Development Officer at Hastoe said: “We are pleased to have helped deliver these much-needed homes for the community, where local private rents for larger homes can often be out of reach for families on modest incomes.”

David Wheeler, HCA Design Standards and Sustainability Manager, added: “It is great to see how our investment is resulting in local housing developed for local people in Devon.  This project has been the result of close partnership working between local people, the Council and others. We think these homes will make a real difference to the lives of people who have a connection to the area and rightly want to continue to live and work here.”

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For more information, please email Rebecca Beaumont at rbeaumont@hastoe.com  or ring 020 8973 0437.

Notes to the Editor
The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.
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