A mere 7 years from its initial inception as a project idea, the planning application for Transition Homes’ 27 houses at Clay Park, Dartington was submitted to South Hams District Council in December and South Hams’ planning consultation is now open throughout February, until March 2nd. We encourage you to comment on the application online - follow this link - and we hope to have a decision by the end of April.
The mix includes 27 terraced houses, of 1, 2, 3, and 4 beds, and a range of affordable rental, shared ownership and open market. The 8 market houses are required to cross-subsidise the affordable housing and make the scheme financially viable. 70% affordable is an exceptional proportion of housing at reasonable prices, especially when one considers how little has been provided in South Hams over the last few years, despite widespread development.
Clay Park proposals also include a community building, biomass boiler building, outdoor play area, lots of bike parking (and some car parking), renewable energy, food growing areas (allotments, orchard), coppicing and new hedges, and the UK’s first community-scale composting toilet scheme to be approved by the Environment Agency! This was one of the elements of the scheme that took so long to evolve, but we think it was worth it and hope it opens up possibilities for other developments.
If you’re interested in living at Clay Park, you can email us at allocations at transitionhomes.org.uk. If you’d like to be involved with the CLT please email info at transitionhomes.org.uk.