Following the merger of DCH and Knightstone Housing in March 2018, we immediately pledged to invest £2billion in the regional economy over the following 10 years, building 16,000 new homes across the westcountry and sustaining 6,500 jobs in the building and supply chain.
Having invested £140million on new homes in our first year, we have focused our efforts on providing a range of affordable housing options.
Recent new developments include the completion of the 100% affordable housing scheme of 21 new homes in St Breward in Cornwall, 15 new affordable homes in Tarka View, Crediton, and 13 new affordable homes – a combination of traditional and modern methods of construction - at The Parade, Bridgwater.
Our Executive Director of Development Russell Baldwinson said: “What we have achieved in the last year has been huge and demonstrates that housing organisations with ambition and expertise can make a real difference.
“We are based in an area of high housing need as well as high house prices which makes accessing housing particularly challenging for many families.
“Every affordable house built is important but to be able to make such a difference on such a scale requires collaboration across our organisation, our supply chain, contractors and local authority partners.
“It has been an exceptional first year and we are well placed to deliver even more affordable homes going forward. Over next year we will build a further 1200 affordable homes as well as homes for market sale at schemes across Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and the West of England.”
We currently own 36,000 homes across the region and one of the first partnerships nationally, alongside Sovereign, to be given a £111.5million Homes England grant to build a further 2,275 new homes by 2024.
After breaking through the 1,000 new homes barrier, our Development Director Nathan Cronk said: “This is a fantastic achievement and we are so proud to be able to make such a difference to people’s lives. As we are all aware there’s a desperate shortage of affordable housing in the region and we have been working hard to deliver homes to address this issue.”
We employ around 1,400 staff and provide services to more than 70,000 people from Gloucestershire to the Isles of Scilly.