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South Hams to get new affordable housing after a generation

For the first time in a generation, South Hams will see the construction of new and affordable housing as the local council look to tackle the housing crisis facing residents.

St. Ann’s Chapel, near Bigbury, will be home to eight new homes, the construction of which will be funded by Affordable Housing Earmark Reserve funds, Homes England grant funding, Public Works Loan Board borrowing, Section 106 contributions and the sale of three open market houses at the development.

These homes will be high quality and energy efficient meaning they will be low cost in terms of heating and running. They will also come with electric car charging points, as the development aims to future-proof these new homes as we move towards the 2030 banning of new diesel vehicles.

Councils around the country are looking more at ways of using energy efficient housing to achieve their net zero goals. Whether it be retrofitting or with the building of new homes, making homes more energy efficient can go a long way to helping these councils achieve their carbon neutrality goals.

Councillor Judy Pearce, Leader of South Hams District Council, said:

“We’re thrilled that for the first time in a generation, we can deliver our own affordable housing for local people. These eight environmentally friendly homes are being built to help our residents who are struggling to get much-needed homes. The homes are energy efficient and economical to run, which is of course important in terms of both running costs and the environment.

The success of these schemes is helped enormously by the great working partnerships with local community groups. By working together, we can develop much needed homes which match local housing needs.”

Classic Builders have been chosen as the contractors that will build the new homes and their Contracts Manager, Giles Staines, said:

“As a company, we are extremely excited to be constructing the first new affordable housing in many years for South Hams District Council. We’re delighted to be working closely with the Council and cannot wait to deliver these houses for the people of the South Hams.”

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