Plans for Affordable Homes at Post Hill Given the Go Ahead
Proposals to add 70 homes to Mid Devon District Council’s housing stock have been given the go ahead.
Members voted unanimously to approve plans (subject to signed Section 106 legal agreement) to build the affordable homes at Post Hill, Tiverton, which will be retained by the council.
The homes will be built to Passivhaus standards which is an international energy performance standard, meaning the buildings are constructed in a way which dramatically reduces the requirement for heating, making them highly efficient.
The plans include one bedroom apartments; as well as one, two, three and four bedroom houses. The development will also provide 128 parking spaces and landscaping, 26 electric charging points and a mixture of bike lockers, cycle storage and sheds. The plans have also been designed to achieve a 10% net biodiversity gain in regards to ecological enhancement and the properties will be built with triple glazing, thick internal walls and high quality, efficient air source heat pumps.
Cllr Stuart Penny, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “Again as a Council we have shown our commitment to providing more, high quality council housing for our communities. I am looking forward to seeing the plans develop and ultimately these homes becoming part of the growing community on the eastern side of the town.”
The Council has plans to increase its housing stock further in 2023 with plans to build 14 council-owned, carbon neutral homes at two modular housing developments in Cullompton and Tiverton. Building work is already underway for a number of council homes in both Beech Road and Siddalls Gardens in Tiverton.
Cllr Colin Slade, Cabinet Member for the Environment and Climate, added: “It is great to see that we are putting green credentials at the forefront of our own developments, to benefit those who will be living in these new homes and the wider community through our commitment to this Passivhaus standard development.”
The properties at Post Hill will follow the completion of several council-owned housing schemes in the past nine years which include 26 homes at Turner Rise (2019), 4 homes at Birchen Lane Tiverton (2018), 6 homes at Fir Close in Willand (2015) and 14 homes at St. Andrew Street in Tiverton (2015) and 22 homes at Joseph Locke Way in Crediton (2013).
The Council is aiming to build 160 new council houses by 2025, through a mix of social (50% market rate) and some affordable (80% market rate) rate homes.