First families move into unique mixed housing scheme in East Devon seaside town
Lord Clinton whose land and property management company Clinton Devon Estates was behind the scheme, met the first families at a tree planting ceremony to mark the completion of the initial phase of affordable homes that have been built for local people at Horizon, Greenway Lane, Budleigh Salterton.
The scheme, which has been developed with Cavanna Homes and Cornerstone housing association, has been designed and built around Budleigh Salterton’s community allotments, one of the only pieces of land within the town’s development boundary that was identified by Budleigh Salterton Town Council in 2010 as a potential location for new housing to help meet the local need for affordable homes.
Clinton Devon Estates, who had leased the allotments to the town council for many years, drew-up a masterplan with Exeter-based LHC Architecture to redesign the two and a half acre site and increase and improve the allotment space, placing the gardens at the heart of the new 48 home development.
Horizon is a joint venture project between Torquay-based family homebuilder Cavanna Homes and Pencleave One, a Clinton Devon Estates company. Cornerstone housing association were engaged at the outset of discussions to advise on the affordable housing allocation.
Head of Property and Land for Clinton Devon Estates Leigh Rix said; “To provide affordable housing for local people along with high quality allotments is an important step towards building sustainable communities. From the outset we have been working with Cornerstone to provide the right kind of housing, designed and built to the highest standard, to enable young families to stay in Budleigh Salterton, allowing this community to thrive.”
The Exeter-based housing association is now responsible for the 19 new affordable homes; six of them being marketed as shared ownership, six, affordable rent and seven social rent. Cornerstone is also responsible for the ongoing management of the rented homes.
Chief Executive of Cornerstone, Rick Williams said: “We are a not-for-profit organisation and we house over 2000 people in Exeter and the surrounding area. About six years ago we started working on projects in more rural Devon communities because we were acutely aware of how difficult it has become for people to afford to live in their home town or village. The Horizon project is a shining example of how we help to provide homes for local people who may be struggling to get onto the property ladder.”
Student Genna Evans, her husband Martin and three children have just received the keys for their specially adapted three-bedroom rented home. They were previously living in a rented flat in Exmouth with their 14 year old son Jesse, who uses a wheelchair and their daughters Freya 13 and three year old Maisie. Genna said: “We were so restricted in our previous home but here, thanks to the adaptations that have been made for Jesse’s wheelchair, life is so much easier. We have a stairlift, a downstairs walk-in wet room with grab rails and a body drier, height-adjustable kitchen worktops and storage and an electric charger for the wheelchair. We’ve just moved in and it is incredible what a difference it’s made!”
Jeremy Cavanna, Chairman of the Cavanna Group said: “We have been really pleased to build a home that meets the needs of this family so well. Installing the special features at construction stage means that everything is tailored to the family’s specific requirements including wheelchair friendly entrances.
“This is a mixed development of open market and affordable housing that works so well together in terms of design and layout, access to amenities and stunning views of the East Devon countryside,” added Jeremy Cavanna.
Sarah Price, her husband Daryl, a bus-driver, and their children Lewis,10, Paige, 6, and Logan, 17 months have just moved from their rented flat in Exmouth to a three-bedroom Cornerstone house at Horizon. Sarah said: “This is life-changing for us! The five of us were living in a two bedroom flat and now we have three bedrooms, more space and a garden. I’ve been able to leave the back door open and let the children play in the garden every day – which they love.” Sarah added: “We wouldn’t have been able to afford anything like this ourselves with rent for three bedroom homes in Exmouth as much as £900 a month.”
Lydia Harris, her partner and their 14 month old daughter Layla have moved into another three-bedroom house from their privately rented home in Budleigh Salterton. “I love Budleigh Salterton and it’s a lovely place to bring up our daughter. Grandad lives just down the road in Budleigh and having some family help nearby is ideal for us.”
For more information on Cornerstone’s shared ownership of new two or three bedroom houses, contact Nicola Suckley, on 01392 273462 or email [email protected] or register now on www.devonhomechoice.com if you would like to be considered for one of Cornerstone’s seven brand new social rented homes, due to be completed and advertised in February/March 2015.