Bulldozers set to demolish the first of 109 homes

THE bulldozers are moving in to demolish the first of 109 homes on a Barnstaple housing estate.

Work to strip out roads and walls at the Forches Estate to make way for 155 new homes has already begun, but homes in Berry Road will be the first to go this week as part of a £5.3 million North Devon Homes scheme to regenerate the area.

Phase one of the Forches scheme will replace 39 pre-cast reinforced concrete homes with 65 affordable new builds. The breakdown of phases two and three is still to be confirmed.

In a similar regeneration scheme in Fremington, work to demolish two homes in Beechfield Road started today (Monday). They will be replaced by two houses and one bungalow.

Other schemes to demolish a total of 46 homes in Braunton, Instow, Bratton Fleming and Lovacott are due to start next year.

North Devon Homes is currently refurbishing 25 properties on the Woodville Estate in Barnstaple. Work on a further 11 homes in Woodville will begin in the first half of next year.

All remaining pre-cast reinforced concrete properties are set to be redeveloped between 2013 and 2015 subject to planning permission.

Stephen Snooks, regeneration project manager at NDH, said: “For almost two years the proposals for Forches have been progressed with our partners, such as North Devon Council, and we are very excited to see them come to fruition.

“This will provide much needed, high quality new homes in North Devon.”