Hartland housing scheme starts

A START was made on Monday on Westcountry Housing s latest affordable housing scheme to provide local people with 18 properties, including 14 for rent at Teaky Park, Hartland Cross. The scheme for 14 properties to rent and four part-rent, part-buy home ow

A START was made on Monday on Westcountry Housing's latest affordable housing scheme to provide local people with 18 properties, including 14 for rent at Teaky Park, Hartland Cross.

The scheme for 14 properties to rent and four part-rent, part-buy home ownership properties will in total cost more than �2.5 million.

The rented houses will include six two-bed homes, five three-bed homes, two

one-bed bungalows and one four-bed home. The part-rent, part-buy properties will be two two-bed homes and two three-bed homes.


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prevailing onshore winds.

Devon County Council and Torridge District Council have funded �182,000 towards the project through the county's Second Homes Council Tax and the district council's capital budget for affordable housing. The Homes and Communities Agency has also allocated Social Housing Grant funding of more than �1 million.

The homes have a planned completion date of April 2011.

Cllr Philip Collins, Lead on Affordable Housing at Torridge District Council, said: "It's fantastic to see the first sod dug on this project to secure homes for local families. It symbolises the commitment and involvement of the community that is Hartland. I look forward to seeing many more similar high quality developments in the near future throughout Torridge. A really big thank you to everyone who has been involved along the way."

Nigel Barnard, Managing Director of Tarka Housing, said: "I am delighted that as a housing provider we can help to counter the critical shortage of affordable homes to rent and buy in rural areas such as Hartland. This is another great opportunity where Westward Housing Group has benefited from Westcountry Housing's ability to fund and build homes, while Tarka Housing is in a position to manage them as a truly local housing association.

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