'We feel like the king and queen' says couple who thought they'd have to leave their community
June star builders North Devon Homes are on track to deliver 194 homes which form part of the 36,000 PlaceShapers will be building over the the two years.
In the last two years it has 66 homes, including a development at Broadmead Court, Lynton which offers two commercial units and four affordable rented flats for local people living in the town.
Lynton is a small picturesque town located on the North Devon coast, being situated within the Exmoor National Park. There is a local housing need in the area due to a combination of low local wages, seasonal employment, a high number of second or holiday homes and limitations placed on development due to the town being situated within a National Park.
The new properties offer both affordable rented accommodation and also create opportunities for new businesses to flourish, enhancing the economic potential of the town.
Mr and Mrs Elvin are the new tenants of one of the properties. Mrs Elvin said “Moving into this lovely new flat has made so much difference to our lives. We needed to move and thought we would have to go outside of the area. This has meant that we can stay living near to our family and friends. We are so happy - we feel like the king and queen of England!”
North Devon Homes worked closely with local architects RGP, Devon’s affordable housing and planning teams, together with the contractor Pearce Construction to design and deliver a scheme that reflects the local architecture and landscape, offering tenants energy efficient, modern accommodation in a central location.
North Devon Homes Chief Executive Martyn Gimber said “There is an acute need for affordable housing in Lynton, however, it can be a particularly tough area to build in due to suitable sites being difficult to acquire and rarely becoming available. North Devon Homes is committed to delivering affordable housing where there is need and we are therefore absolutely delighted to complete this beautiful rural development, which offers high quality affordable housing units for local people living in Lynton. Schemes such as this demonstrate the value of affordable housing in keeping local communities sustainable and vibrant. This development has been challenging to deliver but made possible due to some fantastic partnership working between North Devon Homes, the Homes and Communities Agency, North Devon Council, Lynton and Lynmouth Council and the Exmoor National Park Authority.”
Deputy Mayor of Lynton and Lynmouth Tony Meakin said “North Devon Homes has not only produced an excellent modern building conforming to the best in thermal efficiency but they have also succeeded in ensuring that the structure blends in sensitively with its surroundings. The accommodation is finished to a very high standard with generously proportioned rooms; homes to be proud of. The property far exceeds the expectations of Lynton & Lynmouth Council. We are grateful that North Devon Homes is active in looking after the best interests of our local population. Congratulations on a job incredibly well done.”