Paignton site transformed to create new homes

Celebrations are underway following the completion of 82 new energy efficient homes in Paignton.

Leading housing and care provider Sanctuary Group has brought about a remarkable transformation at the sites in Southview Road, Smallcombe Road and Langridge Road, replacing post-war concrete properties with high specification houses and bungalows, including four that have been specially adapted for people with disabilities.

The new environmentally friendly properties are of a timber frame construction and will be heated using the latest air source heat pump technology.

This £9million development has been funded by Sanctuary Group, supported by investment from the Homes and Communities Agency (£2.1million) and Torbay Council, and built by contractor Kier Living. The scheme has been welcomed by the council and Torbay Development Agency as it is helping to provide much-needed affordable housing for rent in the area, and has also made a significant impact to the regeneration of this part of Paignton.

Kier Living, as part of its commitment with Sanctuary Group, used local resources as these 75 houses and 7 bungalows in Brookman Court, Tavistow Court, Langridge Road and Southcombe Terrace were completed, and several young apprentices also had the opportunity to learn a new trade during construction.

Mike Santon, Sanctuary’s head of development for the south west, said:

“This scheme has been completed on schedule and has delivered all that it promised at the outset. Run down properties have been transformed to provide a range of affordable accommodation for local people in Paignton to rent, all high quality, energy efficient homes in the heart of the local community.

“Furthermore, it has created training opportunities for local people to learn new trades, which we hope will help them secure future employment.”

John Titcombe, director for Kier Living, said that the scheme had proved a successful start to the partnership between Sanctuary and Kier in providing affordable, sustainable housing to suit all. He said:

“These 82 homes, built across four sites, are of very good quality and incorporate many features which will help reduce energy bills and carbon emissions. We have also made specific design adaptations in some of the units in Langridge Road to meet the particular needs of the tenants.”

The Brookman Court scheme in Smallcombe Road was opened up for local councillors and others involved in the development to view on Wednesday 17 July before tenants move in.

Cllr David Thomas, Deputy Mayor of Torbay and Torbay Council’s Executive Lead for Strategic Planning, Housing and Energy, said:

“These are high quality homes that local people can be proud to live in. Their completion will help alleviate the shortfall of affordable rental housing in the area and will undoubtedly contribute in a positive way to the community as a whole.”