Six affordable homes saved from market sale in Sheepwash, Devon

Hastoe Housing Association has stepped in to save six new, high-quality, rural affordable homes from market sale. The homes built by Stevens Homes Ltd are part of a larger development intended for market sale.

Although the six homes had been earmarked for affordable housing at the planning stage, the original housing association that was going to take on the homes under a Section 106 agreement was not able to proceed due to market conditions.

Hastoe stepped in to save the homes from market sale and will now be able to offer the local community, in the rural village of Sheepwash in Devon, 4 much needed homes for social rent and 2 for shared ownership.

Torridge District Council warmly welcomes Hastoe Housing Association’s intervention in safeguarding the provision of Affordable Housing at Sheepwash. This helps this Council deliver its commitment to addressing the housing crisis with the additional benefit of providing homes within the rural community.

Councillor Claire Hodson Lead Member for Housing, Torridge District Council

The completed homes were officially handed over to Hastoe on Tuesday 2 July during Rural Housing Week (1-5 July). All homes have solar panels installed to reduce energy costs, and will have shared use of a children’s playpark on the site. Residents are due to move in later this month.

Stevens Homes are delighted to work together with Hastoe to deliver these six affordable homes on our development at Sheepwash and we are sure that the new occupiers will enjoy their new homes in this peaceful rural environment.

Mike Bailey Director, Stevens Homes Ltd

Rural affordable housing allows local people to stay in their communities, where they grew up and can be close to family and friends. All too often local people are priced out of rural areas that are seen as highly-desirable places to live. Hastoe is thrilled to be able to ensure these homes will be lived in by local people who are in real need of housing in the area.

Ulrike Maccariello Development Director, Hastoe
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