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The new community of Cranbrook in East Devon will pass another milestone in September when the first affordable homes for local people become available.
Cranbrook is being developed in several phases and eventually provide thousands of new homes. The first phase will consist of 1,120 dwellings, as well as a primary school, a doctor’s surgery and retail centre. In the first phase of construction, 328 new homes will be provided for affordable housing.
These homes, which will benefit from £15.6m in investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), will be allocated equally between Sovereign Housing Association and Devon and Cornwall Housing group (DCH).
Sovereign will take possession of its first 24 homes in September. The first homes for DCH will be delivered in early 2013. A new primary school will also be ready for September.
Phil Stephens, Sovereign’s Development and Commercial Director, said:
“It’s really exciting that these new homes will soon start to be occupied. They meet the very real need for high-quality affordable housing in this area and will be welcomed by local people on the housing register in East Devon and Exeter.”
Paul Crawford, Chief Executive at DCH, said:
“Our high-quality affordable homes will be prioritised for local people, helping them to gain a firm foothold on the property ladder, remain in the area, and contribute to the wider local economy. Our affordable homes will form part of a sustainable new community – one which is a flagship development for the region.”
Two hundred and eight of the affordable homes in the first phase will be for social rent, while 120 will be for affordable home ownership. These shared ownership properties will provide a fantastic opportunity for some local people who would otherwise not be able to buy their own property.
Steve Jackson, HCA Area Manager said:
“It’s great to see this vitally important scheme progressing well and remains on track for completion of the first affordable homes in September. Cranbrook is a very important project for us because it delivers new homes that local people need and makes a significant contribution to the local economy, creating new jobs and opportunities which are hugely welcome. Partners should be congratulated for the commitment and resolve they have shown to keep this crucially important project on track.”
All of the affordable homes will be allocated to local people; under a local agreement, 65% of these homes will be allocated to applicants with a local connection to East Devon and 35% to applicants with a local connection to Exeter. Applicants must be registered with Devon Home Choice to bid for the homes for rent when they are advertised.
Councillor Jill Elson, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Sustainable Homes and Communities, said:
“We very much welcome the earlier than predicted completion of the first affordable homes at Cranbrook, which is a true testament to the commitment and hard work of all involved. I’m delighted at this important contribution to supporting EDDC’s affordable housing strategy.”