Malborough new housing to open

09/11/2011

NEWS RELEASE
4 November 2011

What:       Official opening of 17 affordable homes for rent
Where:     Great Park, Malborough, Totnes
When:       Friday 11 November from 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Dr Sarah Wollaston, MP for Totnes, will officially open a Hastoe scheme of 17 new affordable homes for rent in Malborough on Friday 11 November.

Made up of ten 2 bedroom homes, two 1 bedroom homes and five 3 bedroom homes, the scheme has been developed on land generously gifted by South Hams District Council. Originally a Greenfield exception site – it was partially used for allotments with the remainder farmed by local tenant farmers, the allotments have since been relocated to a larger site adjacent to Great Park.

The homes have been built to high sustainability standards with air source heat pumps and solar thermal panels providing heat and hot water.

Before the development began, we had to contend with some unexpected residents; a population of slow worms were discovered on site, a new home for all 52 slow worms was found in the local churchyard.

Hastoe was supported with a £1.2 million 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: “When these properties were advertised we had approximately 250 people bidding for the seventeen homes which shows the real need that exists for good quality affordable rural housing. This development has been a real community effort and would not have come about without the support of the Parish Council, the District Council, Community Council of Devon and the local people.”

John Yeoman, Chairman of Malborough Parish Council, said: "The Parish Council are very pleased with this development of affordable houses to rent enabling young families from Malborough to live in their home village, and helping to make the whole settlement more sustainable. The partnership of the Parish Council, Hastoe, South Hams and the Community Council worked well, not forgetting Mr and Mrs Hocking who gave up the tenancy of the site and leased the new allotment site to the Parish. The result is 17 happy tenants and18 satisfied gardeners.”

Elaine Cook, Chief Executive of the Community Council of Devon said, “The Community Council congratulates the Parish Council on their work in taking this housing project forward. The members of the Parish Council have acted as extremely effective housing champions. We are delighted that our Rural Housing Team has been able to assist in this project. “

At the opening, South Hams District Council will be presented with a certificate in recognition of its having signed up to the National Housing Federation’s ‘Save Our Villages’ campaign.

The contractor is C.G.Fry & Son, the architect BBH Architects and the employer’s agent Randall Simmonds.

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