New Council homes now available to rent

Posted on: 22 September 2015

After many, many years of non-occupation, we are really pleased to report that seven of the Council owned properties at St Andrew Street and Ham Place, Tiverton have now been fully refurbished and are available for rent. This is phase one of a scheme which has received government funding to bring derelict buildings back into use. The remaining seven units will be available at the end of September, creating 14 social housing units in total which will be offered to those on our waiting list who meet the criteria set by Devon Home Choice.

As far as possible, the original facades of the buildings have been maintained so as not to detract from the overall appearance of the street. Being in a conservation area, we had to work closely with the conservation officer to make sure that all renovations were sympathetic to what is required, particularly as some of the buildings are Grade II listed. Some of the units are unique with many features not usually found in social housing.

An official opening of the first phase took place on Friday 28 August when keys were handed over to some of our new tenants by Councillor Ray Stanley, Cabinet Member for Housing. Very sadly, however, the opening did not include Richard Life from Enelco, the developers, as he recently passed away. Richard was instrumental in leading this project since it started in May last year and it is a fitting tribute to his hard work.

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