May 2017

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Published on 8 May 2017

Teignbridge housing team Highly Commended at national awards

Teignbridge District Council has scooped a national accolade after being Highly Commended in the ‘outstanding strategic local authority of the year’ category in the UK Housing Awards 2017.

Shortlisted for its leading work in meeting housing needs and partnership work, Teignbridge was the only district council up against much bigger city councils and unitaries in London, Newcastle, Bournemouth and West Lothian, with Nottingham awarded the top prize.

Widely recognised as the leading, national awards in the housing sector and attracting over 700 of the sectors key leaders, Teignbridge was selected from a record-breaking 414 entries. The event serves to highlight the organisations, individuals and projects that are leading the way in giving their communities access to the homes they want and need that suit their budget and way of life.

Teignbridge is being celebrated for doing what’s right, not just what is easy and through its Council Strategy’s ‘A Roof Over Our Heads’ project continues to deliver homes that suit different people’s lifestyles or needs. Highlights include:

• building 1,100 new affordable homes in the last seven years.
• establishing a new joint venture housing company to primarily develop rented homes
• with Teign Housing we delivered an environmentally aware Travellers site, turning a 10yr tolerated site into a new, safe authorised 15-pitch facility with plans recently approved to extend it by three pitches.
• invested £500k to deliver Haydon Court, Extra Care scheme in Newton Abbot
• worked with Dartmoor National Park, Christow Community Land Trust and Teign Housing to build 18 affordable homes – the first Passivhaus development in a national park.
• transformed a former GP surgery in Newton Abbot into safe, supported temporary accommodation.
• offer ways to improve the energy efficiency of homes and reduce fuel poverty. We obtained £1.13m via the Central Heating Fund to provide heating to homes across Devon and have assisted with solid wall insulation to 26 homes, including park homes, through the Pioneer Places Scheme.
• supported and facilitated a six plot self-build affordable housing scheme in Broadhempton.
• reduced the number of empty homes annually to its lowest ever level of 364 – down from 735 in 2008
• secured £581,303 from the Community Housing Fund to work even more closely with communities and provide affordable rented homes, help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder and the challenge of second homeownership.

Nicola Bulbeck, Teignbridge District Council’s Chief Executive said:

“You don’t have to be a big Council to have big ideas and bold plans. Ambition, creativity, courage and a collaborative approach visibly led by political and management ambassadors and underpinned by a fully supportive corporate team produces spectacular results for the residents of Teignbridge. We are all very clear that housing growth is a top priority in Teignbridge and we are delivering on this promise.”