Residents move into new affordable homes in Holne

This month, residents are celebrating moving into their new Hastoe homes on an affordable housing development in Holne, Dartmoor.
HolneHastoe has provided seven affordable homes for rent, including three 3-bedroom houses and four 2-bedroom houses in Newton Abbot, Devon. As a rural exception site development, these houses are for local people now and in the future.

Holne parish council and Buckfastleigh West Parish council had been looking into providing affordable housing in the area for many years, as they recognised the need to help local people afford to stay in their community. Hastoe was appointed in June 2010 to provide these much-needed homes.The land was sold to Hastoe by a local landowner.

The homes are Building for Life accredited and built to Code for Sustainable Homes level 4. Other sustainable features include under floor heating on the ground floor, air source heat pumps supplemented by solar thermal electricity, composters, water butts and low flow rate taps.

When possible, Hastoe supports local businesses, and so appointed Bibio Ltd, a local contractor based in Tavistock, Devon.

There will be an official opening event for the development in October 2014.

Cllr Simon Wright, Executive Member with responsibility for housing at South Hams District Council, said:

“These properties are built to a high specification and will provide much needed affordable homes for families with a strong local connection. It is very rewarding when an affordable rural housing project comes to fruition and we are delighted to have played a role in helping to secure this much-needed development.”    

Stephen Belli, Director of Planning, Dartmoor National Park Authority said:

“This is the culmination of many years of engagement with the community to realise their desire to deliver affordable housing in this location. Hastoe, their architects and contractors are to be congratulated on the high design standards that have resulted in a development sympathetic to this sensitive location in the National Park.”

Kevin Hartnett, Business Development Director at Hastoe, said:

“We are pleased to have completed these homes for the local people of Holne who have been in need of affordable housing. In areas such as this, private rents and home ownership can often be out of reach for some families. At Hastoe, we deliver homes that people can afford, we invest in people and communities and we are in it for the long-term. We would like to thank the local community who were in support of the scheme and the land owner who made the land available.”


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