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June 2022

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Published on 9 June 2022

Second phase of Council Housing development provides ‘safe, secure and affordable’ homes for local residents

Front aspect of East Street housing development
front aspect of East Street housing development

Another major milestone was reached this week when we handed over the keys to our second council house development to our new tenants. 

Following last year’s development in Drake Road in Newton Abbot, this second phase consists of five apartments in a prime town centre location built on the siteof a derelict building adjacent to the Teign Cellars pub in East Street.  

The former brownfield site is now occupied by five 1 and 2 bedroom flats built to a very energy efficient standard. The flats have air source heat pumps, under floor heating and an array of photovoltaic solar panels on the roof to benefit from free energy from the sun. They are designed to have a much lower carbon footprint, exceeding our minimum carbon standards for housing and achieving an EPC rating of A. With the combination of a greater level of insulation, non-reliance on gas, underfloor heating and mechanical ventilation and heat recovery system and PV the homes will have a much lower running costs for tenants, as well as being very low cost to rent at around £100 a week.

The two ground floor flats are fully wheelchair accessible and benefit from their own parking spaces with electric car charging points ensuring that they are future proofed for generations to come. 

Davina Taylor has just moved into one of the ground floor flats. Having previously been living in a converted Victorian downstairs flat, she says her new home makes things so much easier for her, when using her wheelchair. 

“The biggest thing for me is the space," she said.  “It’s so much easier to get around – everything is wide enough for my wheelchair and specially adapted.  The kitchen and bathroom mean I can be much more independent and it’s easy for me to just pop into town, without having to plan my day around it.” 

On the first and second floors are three further flats also built to a very high specification, with ample storage and quality kitchen and bathroom facilities. 

Cllr Martin Wrigley, Teignbridge Council’s Executive Member for Housing, said: “This development, which brings our total to seven, is the start of delivering 100 new homes for local residents. 

“What this means is that people who’ve been living in temporary accommodation now have permanent homes, and we’re seeing this right now as we’re seeing people moving in and we’re handing over the keys to people who are delighted to have a safe, secure home that they can live in.” 

There is easy, flat access to shops, GP surgeries and local facilities, which makes the location particularly suitable for people using wheelchairs and mobility scooters. 

The project was the result of the existing highly successful partnership between local builders Prime Build South West, Grainge Architects and will be managed by Teign Housing.

Watch the video to find out more about these new council homes in Teignbridge.