Work on the new “affordable housing” at Walkham Meadows is nearing completion and the landlords will be in the village hall next Thursday (June 14), from 4 pm to 7 pm, ready to talk to potential tenants who drop in.
The houses are already being advertised on the site billboard and will shortly be listed on the website Devon Home Choice, where online applications can be made. But the housng association which built the estate – originally DCH but now merged into a bigger organisation called Liverty – promised to prioritise applicants with Horrabridge connections and the village meeting is aimed at advising local people how they should press their advantage and seeing if applications already in progress can be assisted.
There are 10 properties for rent – three 3-bedroom houses, five 2-bedroom houses and two 1-bedroom flats.
West Devon Borough Council will be represented at the drop-in session next Thursday, as well as Liverty. Both are stressing how keen they are to serve local interests and are encouraging people to come forward and argue their cases even if they are low on points for need.
No rents have yet been fixed but the local average for a 2-bed in the social sector is about £90 a week.
DCH, formerly Devon & Cornwall Housing, has now teamed up with a Bristol and Somerset landlord called Knightstone Housing and they have formed Liverty as a joint tenancy management operation with charitable status. Existing tenants might as well get used to the name.
Liverty said this week that “snagging” – finishing operations – on the new estate would probably start mid-July and viewings could not be arranged until after then at least.
A spokeswoman said:
“At the event in the village hall, you will be able to view the plans and check that your housing application is up to date.
“The event will be an opportunity to make the officers aware of your connections to the village. As these properties are available for local people, even if you are considered to be in a low band (D or E) officers would urge you to register and apply.”
This edition of the Horrabridge Times will be updated through Friday June 8, 2018. Check back Friday night for the final wrap-ups – including, hopefully, some news on when the new phone mast switches on – and an update on The Salmon.