New affordable housing in Bideford.

New affordable homes in Bideford support local employment, economy and housing needs of local people.

Westward has provided great new affordable homes in Bideford, thanks to working with new local developer NG Properties SW, to produce fantastic quality properties in the first partnership project of what it is hoped will be many. Westward invested in 20 homes at Pridham Place, with 12 as shared ownership and 8 for rent.

Viewers had no intention of missing out. More than 75% of the shared ownership properties were snapped up in the first 10 days! And that’s with most viewings being conducted as virtual visits online, prior to approval.

Unsurprisingly, almost all the shared ownership homes available are now reserved. These are high specification, affordable home ownership where Westward evidenced customer choice regarding larger property sizes. Westward was involved in the design with architect Andy Paterson and bespoke specification with enhancements.

Westward purchased two, three and four bedroom homes after customer feedback that shared ownership often wasn’t available at that size. The shared ownership specification is comparable with open market homes. Fully fitted carpets, white goods, upgraded kitchens, upgraded tiles in kitchens and bathrooms, and removable radiators for easy decorating; all add up to very desirable new homes. Good sized gardens with ample parking for the scheme complete the package.

Westward’s development manager, Samantha Novak, said, “NG Properties SW is a new developer from the area and we’ve worked so well together to provide these much needed affordable homes in Bideford. They are local people employing local people and we hope to do much more with them in the future. It’s the start of some great partnership working in Torridge.

She added, “It’s also thanks to funding from Homes England and Torridge District Council, along with their fantastic support, that we were able to provide these beautiful homes in the area.”

An added bonus for the community is that as part of the section 106 development requirements, NG Properties has contributed £25,000 towards play park improvements to Stucely Road play park. Consultation will begin on this in due course when it is safe to do so.

Councillor Pete Watson, Lead Member for Affordable Housing Delivery, said – “It’s great to see this team effort come to fruition and the emphasis that’s been placed on providing much needed but affordable larger properties for local families. Congratulations to everyone involved in the project and to Westward’s development manager, Sam Novak, in particular.”

Three more shared ownership homes (two x 2-bed and one 3-bed) and eight social rented (two 3-bed and two 2-bed houses, two 1-bed and two 2-bed flats) – to be marketed on Devon Home Choice – will also be available by Spring 2021.

The site was once a prisoner of war camp. Pridham Place is named after a past owner of the land, Dr T. L. Pridham, well-known in the mid-1800s for his kindness towards the less fortunate. Since those historic days, the site has been used for the manufacturing of bespoke timber bridges and wooden lodges and in later years the owners used it as storage for their carpet and furniture retail business within the town.

Pridham Place is just off Stucley Road with pedestrian and cycle access to Clovelly Road. There are local shops, a health centre, schools and a playground nearby. There is a regular bus route to the town centre.

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