Upottery opening

26/10/2011

NEWS RELEASE
25 October 2011

What
:       Official opening of 8 new affordable homes
Where:    Windgrove Close, Upottery, Honiton
When:    Friday 28 October 2011 from 2.00pm to 4.15pm

Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton will officially open a new scheme of 8 affordable homes in Upottery on Friday 28 October.

Comprised of six homes for rent and two for shared ownership, the two and three bedroom houses have been built to help address the housing need of local people. They were supported with a £406,000 investment from the Homes and Community (HCA), which has helped deliver nearly 9,000 homes in rural areas between 2008 and 2011.

Sue Chalkley, Chief Executive of Hastoe, commented: "This is a landmark development because of the way in which the land was secured. We are very grateful to the Parish Council and also to East Devon District Council ward councillor, David Key, who worked tirelessly to make this scheme work. The site he identified met with the local authority’s emerging position statement which meant that the landowner could make this land available for affordable housing and have planning permission for some market homes on the same site. Without this creative approach the scheme would not have been developed."
John Cornish, Chairman of Upottery Parish Council, said: "Affordable houses are very important in rural parishes to enable young people to rent or buy reasonable priced accommodation and stay locally and also to maintain the balance between the young and elderly population in the villages. Many thanks to Hastoe for making this project possible and thank you to Mr Leonard Bartlett and family for making the land available."

Councillor Miss Jill Elson, EDDC’s Cabinet Member for Sustainable Homes and Communities, said she welcomed this development, which will help the village to be as sustainable as possible in retaining its young people. EDDC is working with all rural villages to ensure they continue as balanced communities, with young people and those who are retiring able to remain in their local area."  She added: "The Council’s virtual team was formed 18 months ago to help to solve the ongoing problem of rural affordable housing in East Devon. The special focus of this team has resulted in the delivery of the Upottery scheme and a number of other similar schemes across the district are in the pipeline".

The contractor is Brookvale Homes (SW) Ltd, the architect Walker Newton Architecture and the employer’s agent Baker Ruff.

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