Affordable Housing

The new homes being built at Bellacouch Meadows include 22 properties that will be let at affordable rent.

Have a look at the site plan and property list showing the planned dates when the affordable housing will become available.

You must register on Devon Home Choice to be able to apply to rent one of the 22 new homes. To do this you need to go to the Devon Home Choice website and complete the registration process online.  If you do not register, you will not be able to apply to rent one of the new homes.  Registering is free and does not commit you to anything.

Affordable rent means that the cost of the rent will be 80% of the average local rate if you were to rent from a private landlord. The exact rent price hasn’t been calculated yet, but will be known by the time the homes are advertised on Devon Home Choice.

It is intended that the homes will be let on a five year tenancy, with the possibility of this being extended.

Aster Communities will be responsible for letting and managing the 22 homes. Aster Communities is a regulated housing association. The properties will not be allocated or let by Chagford Community Trust – Aster Communities is the only organisation responsible for letting the homes.  This will be done by applying the allocations policy to the people registered on Devon Home Choice.

You will need to check the Devon Home Choice website to see when the new homes are advertised, and when they are, you will need to bid for them.

In order to be eligible for the affordable housing you will need to have a local connection.  What this means and how it will be prioritised is set out below.

Priority One

  • You currently live in the parish of Chagford and have done so throughout the previous five years; or
  • You have lived in the parish of Chagford for a period of five years, but have moved away at some time in the past three years; or
  • You have a strong local connection to the parish of Chagford.  For example:
    • You are employed in the parish or your work is primarily carried out in the parish, and this has been the case for a continuous period of at least two years;
    • You have a family member living in the parish who has done so for a continuous period of at least five years;
    • a significant part of your upbringing took place in the parish.

Priority Two

  • You currently live in an adjacent rural parish having done so throughout the previous five years; or
  • You have lived in an adjacent rural parish for a period of five years but have moved away at some time in the past three years; or
  • You have a strong local connection to adjacent rural parish (see the examples given in Priority One, which will be applied to the adjacent rural parish rather than Chagford)

Priority Three

  • You currently live in an additional parish having done so throughout the previous five years; or
  • You had lived in an additional parish for a period of five years but have moved away sometime in the past three years; or
  • You have a strong local connection to an additional parish (see the examples given in Priority One, which will be applied to an additional parish rather than Chagford)

To be able to apply for the affordable houses it is essential to register at Devon Home Choice as soon as possible. The length of time you have been on the Devon Home Choice register will be a key criteria.

Application of the above Criteria

  • All applicants will be required to demonstrate to the satisfaction all DNPA or its nominee that at the time of application they are in housing need.
  • Where there are two or more applicants for an affordable rented dwelling who can demonstrate that they are in housing need, the above priorities will be applied in order to make the allocation.
  • The length of time you have been on the Devon Home Choice register will also be taken into account.
Register now for affordable housing in Chagford!

If you are interested in the affordable housing on offer in Bellacouche Meadows development, please make sure you register your interest with Devon Home Choice.

 

Starting up your own business in Chagford?

If you are starting up a business and are looking for a business unit locally, then please have a look at our information regarding the four business units becoming available in May 2019.