More Grant Success!
We have had more good news to the tune of £300,000 from the Community Housing Fund infrastructure bid to Homes England. This will pay for the road to the new homes and the new access from the A385. We are thrilled that Homes England and SHDC are working together to support Clay Park.
New planning application
Some of you may have noticed that we have recently started mentioning '31' units at Clay Park rather than the 27 in our original planning application (2927/15/FUL). This is because in response to advice from our partner organisations Young Devon and United Response that self-contained studios/flats are better for meeting the needs of the young people and adults with learning disabilities than shared houses. Discussions with SHDC have been positive but we need to submit a new planning application to change the two former single houses to studios/flats. There will be no increase in the number of houses, the number of residents or parking requirements. Watch this space as we will share the consultation when it's live on the SHDC website so that you can comment.
Under the boardwalk
We’ve been spending some of our money from our Postcode Local Trust grant to improve the footpath entrance to the site from the field backing on to Barracks Hill. After feedback about the boggy conditions last winter, we have engaged Red Earth Landscaping to create a new boardwalk, replacing the existing short one and extending it to avoid the boggy bit. Please take care over the next couple of weeks if you are walking through as there may be people working, holes, materials, trip hazards, etc in this area. The public footpath entrance from the A385 will also be improved as part of the building contract.
We are looking for a part-time administrator to work alongside our project manager, initially for a 6 month period but we hope for the duration of the Clay Park development (subject to funding).
This is an exciting role with us - a small grassroots local charity working on a cutting-edge project developing low cost, low carbon housing for local people in housing need. We welcome enquiries from everyone and value diversity in our workforce and are willing to discuss flexible working arrangements.
More information on the role and how to apply is available on our website.
Closing date: 9 am Friday, October 26th, interviews November 2nd.
Our AGM - November 7th 7PM
Do come and join us for our AGM. There will be about 20 minutes of formal activities and then the opportunity to meet us, ask questions about our plans and find out more, and enjoy some refreshments. Dartington Village Hall (the new room).