First affordable homes handed over at Palstone Meadow
Pictured from left: Westward Senior Development Officer Sam Novak, South Brent Parish Councillor Glyn Richards, South Brent Parish Councillor Greg Wall and Housing enabling officer at South Hams District Council Cassandra Harrison
The first four homes in Westward’s latest affordable rent development Palstone Meadow, in South Brent, have been handed over to tenants in local housing need.
The site, off Exeter Road is next to our current estate Fairfield and will see a total of 14 new affordable rent homes built by late autumn. These are a mixture of flats and two and three-bedroom properties.
Three months on from the start of the site construction by Cavanna Homes and 2x2 bedroom houses and 2x3 bed houses have been completed.
Westward Executive Director for Development and Commercial, Jill Gregg, said: “It is great to have already handed over these high quality homes to local people with the remaining 10 properties to be follow by the end of the year.”
The parish is in South Hams district which has the highest average house prices in Devon at £336,784, a ratio of house prices to income of 14.3.
There are around 60 people on the waiting list in need of affordable homes in South Brent but this rises to around 1,900 in South Hams as a whole.
Housing enabling officer at South Hams District Council Cassandra Harrison said with scores of people on the housing waiting list, new affordable homes are vital for the area.
“This is an area of high housing need. Average house prices are high while average wages are low, so affordability is a real problem. These 14 homes will be of real benefit to the local community,” she said.
The remaining 10 Westward affordable rent properties will be:
– 4 x 1 bed flats; 4 x 2 beds houses; and 2 x 3 bed houses as part of Cavanna homes development of 40 homes in total.
South Brent Parish Councillor Glyn Richards said: “There is a huge demand for affordable housing in the parish. These 14 homes will go some way to helping although we still have a shortfall. I am surprised at how spacious they are as they are a good size with two double bedrooms.”
The remaining properties will be advertised on Devon Home Choice for people with a local connection. Register now at www.devonhomechoice.com.