Guinness Hermitage completed eight new homes for affordable rent in Masters close, Uplyme in May 2013.

“Moving into our new house was so exciting - being able to stay in the village has meant a lot to me.

Frances Apolon, Uplyme

  • Commenced 2005

The Rural Housing Team from Devon Communities Together, the operating name for the Community Council of Devon, had been working with Uplyme Parish Council to provide affordable housing for the village since 2005.

  • Challenges
    During this time they carried out two full housing need surveys and organised a community consultation drop-in event to identify and update the local need for affordable housing.  The Rural Housing Enabler then worked closely with the Parish Council, local planners and the East Devon Housing Enabler to find a suitable site. Several sites were put forward but were rejected by planners and the process took several years to complete.

    A site with a willing landowner was finally found and Guinness Partnership was chosen as the housing association to take the project forward. Initial costings were prohibitive but due to excellent co-operation from the landowner and close liaison between East Devon District Council, Guinness Partnership and other partners a viable scheme was finally made possible.

    Further consultations about the design were then held with local residents before the development was started.

  • Planning Approved 2011
    Planning permission was granted in June 2011, HCA funding was obtained in September 2011
  • Homes completed March 2012

Construction began in March 2012, with a development consisting of a mixture of two, three and four bedroom houses which have now all been let to local people.

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