Affordable homes in Bideford unveiled at Pridham Park

Affordable Pridham Place

New affordable homes have been unveiled in Bideford to support local employment, economy and the housing need.

With funding from Homes England and Torridge District Council, Westward has provided the homes in Bideford in conjunction with developer NG Properties SW in their first partnership project of what they hope will be many. 20 homes have been provided at Pridham Place, with 12 as shared ownership and eight for rent.

More than 75 per cent of the shared ownership properties were purchased within the first ten days with most viewings being conducted as virtual visits online, before approval. Most of the shared ownership homes are now also reserved.

Westward was involved in the design with architect Andy Paterson.

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 Stucley Road play park. Consultation will begin on this in due course when it is safe to do so."

Councillor Pete Watson, Torridge District Council 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 two-bed and one three-bed, and eight social rented, two three-bed and two two-bed houses, two one-bed and two two-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.

28 July 2020