Braunton homes plan is approved

Pill Gardens area of village to be ‘revitalised’

PLANS to demolish 32 decrepit former council houses and build 58 new homes in Braunton have finally been given the go-ahead.

Planning consent for the proposals at Pill Gardens was approved in March last year subject to the finalisation of planning conditions.

Of the new homes, 32 dwellings will be socially rented, 11 shared ownership and 15 for open market sale.

Applicant North Devon Homes had since sought to lower the sustainability requirement of the affordable homes following a reduction of Government funding in light of the recent spending review.

The Homes and Community Agency is expected to reduce grant funding for the project by around �14,000 and the social housing company requested the development’s Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) be lowered from Level 4 to Level 3.

North Devon Council said the reduction was “regrettable” but considered it to be acceptable.

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Braunton councillor Roy Lucas said: I’m so pleased that at long last, the Pill Gardens area of Braunton is going to be revitalised.”

Similar applications for post-war pre-cast reinforced concrete (PRC) homes in the Forches and Woodville areas of Barnstaple were approved by the council in December last year.

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