Work is underway to turn a derelict site in East Street, Newton Abbot into low rent, low carbon council homes.
When completed in the autumn, the new homes could be ideal for existing tenants who wish to downsize to a sustainable town centre location, freeing up family housing in the process.
Five homes will be built on the site of a former shop which was demolished in the 1990s, creating two large one bedroom, wheelchair accessible flats on the ground floor with a mix of one and two bedroom flats on the first and second floors.
The carbon reducing, environmentally friendly development includes roof top solar panels, electric heating, highly insulated building fabric and two charging points for electric vehicles.
Local contractor Prime Build South West Limited has been appointed to deliver this project following a competitive tender, to build the five apartments.
The scheme has been part funded by Homes England grant
Works commenced in February and are scheduled to be completed by November 2021.
When nearing completion the properties will be advertised on Devon Home Choice, the Countywide Choice Based Letting Scheme. The properties will be advertised with preference to applicants with a local connection and in need of the facilities in respect of the 2 ground floor flats at East Street.