Slapton homes scheme unveiled
SEVEN new affordable homes are due to be built this winter on former playing fields in Slapton following a remarkable initiative by the community, a local farmer, two local councils and Tor Homes, part of Devon & Cornwall Housing.
Local farmer Keith Widger made the scheme possible by giving up his own land for a playing field so that South Hams District Council could hand over the original playing field to Tor Homes, part of Devon & Cornwall Housing for £1. The council also put in £75,000 towards building costs.
This landmark development of 100 per cent affordable homes was very much driven by Peter Roper, Clerk to the parish council. The parish wanted to provide homes for 10 families in housing need in the village.
They celebrated with a site visit to the land at the end of Greenbank Close inviting members of both councils and developers which was organised by Tor Homes, part of the Devon & Cornwall Housing to mark the National Housing Federations’ Rural Housing Week
Howard Toplis, Chief Executive of Tor Homes, part of Devon & Cornwall Housing said: “South Hams District Council and the Parish Council have been consistently supportive of the project and we were delighted to celebrate how far we have come with them.”
“Affordability is a problem in the South West. High house prices and a lack of affordable housing makes finding a new home harder than ever.”
“However our proposed new homes in Slapton are another example of where we are working in Devon to address the shortage. Further it will also make a contribution to the economy and local jobs, and it is great that we can continue to do that.”