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Nine new affordable homes for Barnstaple

[Friday 18 May 2012]

Photo - Maldram Mill sign

A scheme providing nine high quality affordable homes has been officially opened at Bear Street, Barnstaple.

One one-bedroom and eight two-bedroom homes have just been completed at new development Maldram Mill, providing much needed affordable homes for local families.

The £1.2 million scheme was joint funded by North Devon Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Magna West Somerset Housing Association (MWS), who managed the project.

Although originally planned for the open market, the development on Bear Street was turned into an all-affordable housing site following discussions between North Devon Council, the developer (Loosemore Developments) and Magna.

Executive Member for Housing, Councillor Faye Webber says: "In today's economic climate, more people than ever are experiencing problems with housing and the council is committed to help. One of our top priorities is providing more affordable housing for local people so I'm very pleased that these homes at Maldram Mill are now being let."

This project is an extension of a housing scheme already developed by Magna. In May 2010, 11 new affordable homes were also completed at Granary Court, Bear Street.

Magna director, Tony Murray, says: “I am very pleased MWS is able to help meet housing need in Barnstaple by building on the success of our adjoining affordable housing scheme at Bear Street.”

The new homes are within a conservation area, so a sympathetic approach was needed to retain existing features that reflected the character and appearance of the existing building and surrounding area.

Formerly an old mill, the derelict building needed major structural and refurbishment to bring it back to life. Historic weighing and sieving equipment used in the milling process has been preserved and will be on permanent display in the courtyard area.

For more information about affordable housing and how to apply for the housing register, please visit our website.

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