North Devon Homes welcomed a visit from the National Housing Federation to show them the work they are doing to regenerate areas of North Devon.
NHF representatives met North Devon Homes staff and members of the customer group to learn about social landlord regeneration and developments in the region. They also heard about the ongoing process of North Devon Homes working more closely with its customers and met local MP Seline Saxby to discuss wider housing plans for the area.
Martyn Gimber, Chief Executive, says: “We were delighted to welcome representatives from the National Housing Federation to North Devon today. We are extremely proud of the work we do to engage our customers in our strategies and decision-making, particularly through pioneering customer safety partnerships and getting our customers to work with us to keep their homes safe. We were also proud to show them the regeneration of the Forches Estate alongside the Taw Wharf development and how this is creating more affordable homes for local people.”
The visit coincides with the start of Countryside Housing Week (4-8 July) and North Devon Homes, who have several hundred properties in rural locations on Exmoor, were keen to explain to the NHF what they are doing to help young people stay in their community .
Martyn explains: “Young people in our more rural areas are leaving the area due to the double whammy of lower wages and higher housing costs. We want to help these people find a way to access affordable rental properties as well as shared ownership and self-build so that these vital workers can live and work on Exmoor. That’s why we’re working with a group called Exmoor Young Voices to help them find ideas and working with local authority planners to make this possible.”
Committed to helping local people across North Devon through the current housing crisis, North Devon Homes set up a subsidiary called Anchorwood Ltd in 2015 to develop properties for sale on the market which directly fund affordable housing. All profits from the sale of Anchorwood Ltd go directly back into North Devon Homes to help provide local affordable housing for local people. At the end of the completion of the flagship at Taw Wharf, the company would fund a further 100 affordable homes for local people in North Devon.