Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has praised the work done by the Devon Rural Housing Partnership (DRHP) and the local authorities in his constituency in delivering more affordable homes for local families. The Devon MP who has one of the most rural constituencies in England met with DRHP representatives today (14/07/17), a week after Rural Housing Week, which aims to increase awareness about the need for affordable housing in rural areas. Mr Stride said:

    “With high property values in the South West and relatively low average wages, for many, finding a decent place to live can be a challenge. But it is very encouraging that local authorities are making affordable housing more of a priority and that local communities are being increasingly proactive in identifying potential sites, exploring self-build housing opportunities and forming Community Land Trusts. When combined with the action the Government is taking nationally - rolling out the largest affordable housing programme in 40 years and investing £8 billion to deliver 400,000 affordable starts by 2021 - we can make sure more young families can afford to stay in the communities they have grown up in.”

    Sue Southwell from Devon Rural Housing Partnership added:

    “It was very good to catch up with Mel and update him on the progress with 18 affordable housing schemes at various stages in the process we have in the pipeline within his Central Devon constituency, which have the potential to deliver more than 200 homes and see local families having first priority.”

    Two of the schemes include Cheriton Bishop and South Tawton and Mel Stride has agreed to visit these developments later this year.