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About Westward

Mission poster As a developing landlord, we build new homes across the region, working in partnership with local authorities to rent homes to those in need.

We work with a wide range of other organisations including housing associations, Devon Rural Housing Partnership, Safer Communities, Racial Equality Council and Local Enterprise Partnerships to address housing issues across all tenures.

We also build and purchase homes to sell affordably on a shared ownership basis, or using the Help to Buy scheme. Help to Buy South West is the agency for all seven counties in the south west, managed jointly by Westcountry Housing and Sovereign Housing and provides shared ownership and other equity products to help people buy their own home.

Westward initiative, Horizon Homes, sells properties on the open market to both augment neighbourhoods and to provide financial support for the continuing development of our core business, meeting our social purpose.

The affordable housing sector in the south west plays a key role in the local economy creating 11,000 jobs; valued at a £1 billion turnover.

You can learn much more about Westward by reading our current Westward Strategic Plan.pdf.
Read more in the National Housing Federation booklet 'Housing Associations: Local Economic Drivers.pdf.

What makes us different?

Westward is a high performing organisation which is financially sound and has high customer satisfaction. There are a number of characteristics that set us apart from other landlords.

  • Local delivery: due to our size and location we are able to respond promptly and flexibly to our customers’ needs.
  • Our people: from the caretaker to the corporate support manager, from the director of finance to the plumber, and from the visiting support worker to the housing assistant; nothing could happen without their commitment and hard work in supporting those in need of housing and services.
  • Our success in support services: we are proud of the quality and range of the support services that we deliver to our customers in Devon and Cornwall. Our two social enterprise centres in north Devon offer pathways to work for vulnerable people through horticulture, furniture restoration and re-cycling.
  • Delivering the Help to Buy agency service: for the whole of the south west.

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