First homes demolished in Braunton estate regeneration

Work starts on �3m Pill Gardens scheme.

WORK has started on a major housing regeneration project in Braunton.

The first of 32 crumbling former council houses have been demolished to make way for 62 new homes at Pill Gardens.

The �3million North Devon Homes (NDH) scheme will replace pre-cast reinforced concrete homes with a mix of modern dwellings, 32 of which will be built for affordable rent.

Marc Rostock, director of neighbourhoods for NDH, said: “The Pill Gardens scheme reflects a significant investment in the Braunton area by NDH.

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“We have spent a number of years planning for the regeneration of this estate and it is exciting to see work beginning to deliver these plans.”

Mr Rostock said the new homes, being built by Pearce Barnstaple, would be more comfortable and cheaper for existing customers to live in and heat.

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They will also meet the Government’s requirements for more sustainable and environmentally friendly homes.

David Parsons, Pearce chief executive: “As a local contractor with employees who are part of the Braunton community we are delighted to be playing our part in this exciting regeneration project“.

Councillor Faye Webber, North Devon Council’s lead member for housing, said: “This has been ongoing for a long time so I am pleased to see a positive start on the scheme.

“The existing tenants will be re-housed in more up-to-date housing, with cheaper fuel costs, making it more comfortable living for them.

“Meanwhile, with Braunton’s high house prices, affordable housing is much needed. Therefore, we hope that those that are available for sale will serve local people, enabling them to buy in their community.”

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