NORTH Devon Homes have announced a £40 million plan to redevelop 231 homes originally built to meet housing shortages at the end of World War 11. It plans to upgrade all of its Pre-cast Reinforced Concrete properties - sometimes known as Cornish Units or

NORTH Devon Homes have announced a £40 million plan to redevelop 231 homes originally built to meet housing shortages at the end of World War 11.It plans to upgrade all of its Pre-cast Reinforced Concrete properties - sometimes known as Cornish Units or Prefabs -through either demolition and redevelopment or major refurbishment within the next five years. The homes concerned are spread across eight sites - Forches and Woodville, in Barnstaple; Pill Gardens, Braunton; Fremington; Instow; Lovacott; Lynton and Bratton Fleming. Subject to planning permission and funding, it is envisaged that the first phase of the project will start at Forches in June 2011. Drawings will be produced over the next few months so North Devon Homes can consult with customers and local residents about the design of houses and estates during the summer. Donna Baddeley, Director of Neighbourhoods at North Devon Homes, said: "This is an exciting opportunity to increase the provision of good quality, affordable housing in North Devon. We look forward to working closely with local residents and other agencies to create the best possible outcomes for the people living in these areas."Although the project concentrates on North Devon Homes' customers and properties, the social landlords say they recognise that others living in the project areas may be affected. Any private owners or leaseholders living among the PRC properties will be consulted and involved as part of the planning and consultation process and on an individual basis, if the redevelopment plans directly affect them.