Winner of the Best Rural Development at the 2014 Devon Rural Housing Awards

“Griffin Close has been very thoughtfully designed with high quality stone work and interesting details such as the brick quoins.  The houses  enhances the surrounding built environment and are sympathetic to the local vernacular.

Ken Browse Devon Rural Housing Awards judge and Chairman of the National Association of Local Councils

  • Commenced June 2011

Upper Culm Community Land Trust had their first meeting in June 2011 to discuss providing affordable housing in the village of Hemyock. An affordable housing scheme of 12 properties has been completed in less than 3 years.

  • Challenges

During the initial stages of the project, the CLT received several challenges from the local community and were supported by the Rural Housing Team at Devon Communities Together, the operating name for the Community Council of Devon. 

The CLT and RHE’s had regular meetings with their partners, Hastoe Housing Association, Mid Devon District Council and the Wessex CLT Project, to address and overcome all of these challenges.

A particularly important issue was to draft the Section 106 Agreement to ensure local people had priority for the homes.

The Rural Housing Team were involved in the negotiation of the S106 and the subsequent lettings policy to ensure that the homes went to local people.

  • Planning Approved 2013

A planning application was made in late 2012 and was approved unanimously by the Planning Committee in February 2013. The following month, HCA grant funding was obtained and construction began in May 2013. 

  • Homes completed March 2014

Griffin Close was completed in March 2014; the first homes funded by a community-led development grant to be built on community-owned land and fully occupied. Ten of the twelve properties were allocated to people from the core parishes of Hemyock and Clayhidon, the other two being allocated to families from the surrounding rural parishes.

The development has been designed sympathetically to the local vernacular and was the winner of the Best Rural Development at the 2014 Devon Rural Housing Awards.

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Photo credit: Hastoe Housing Association