Work on a development that will bring more affordable housing to Appledore residents has begun.

Marland School students carrying out a plastic beach clean at Woolacombe, working with the National Trust. Picture: contributedMarland School students carrying out a plastic beach clean at Woolacombe, working with the National Trust. Picture: contributed

Construction has started on Appledore Community Land Trust’s (CLT) nine-home development on land off The Mount.

The development will see two one-bed flats and seven two-to-three-bedroom houses built for affordable rent. These will be offered to local families and residents who qualify for affordable housing.

It will remain the property of the not-for-profit CLT once work is complete, and income generated will be reinvested back into the community.

Maintenance and management of the tenancies will be done by Aster Group.

Andrew Eastman, chairman of the Appledore CLT, said: “The cost of housing in Appledore has rocketed to the extent that local people find it difficult if not impossible to afford a home in their village, this scheme will help albeit in a small way.”

The CLT was set up in 2009, and bought the piece of former scrubland which overlooks the estuary a year later.

Torridge District Council’s lead member for housing, Councillor Cathrine Simmons, said: “I really welcome this affordable housing scheme in Appledore, which is a community that very much needs affordable local homes particularly because of the high number of second and holiday homes.

“Congratulations to everyone involved in delivering these units.”