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PCH secures first affordable homes in Ivybridge

Plymouth Community Homes (PCH) will be delivering more affordable homes in the South Hams after securing eight energy-efficient homes.
Filham Chase - final photograph

PCH is the largest social housing landlord in Plymouth, managing 16,000 homes within the city, as well as across the surrounding drive to work area.

The organisation has purchased eight two-bedroom homes within the Filham Chase development in Ivybridge, their first homes in this desirable area, which will be made available for affordable rent and shared ownership.

Of the eight homes, two will be offered for affordable rent and six homes will be made available for shared ownership purchase through our sales brand SO Living.

The homes will be prioritised to those with a local connection to the area to meet the specific needs of the community, which has been made possible thanks to the support from key partner, South Hams District Council.

The Filham Chase development is being built by Bloor Homes and is located close to Ivybridge town centre, with great access routes to the A38 and local primary and secondary schools.

The new homes will benefit from solar panels, an increasingly popular energy efficiency feature, helping residents benefit from cost savings on their energy bills.

There is also an opportunity for PCH to acquire a further seven homes at Filham Chase early next year, subject to additionality homes grant funding from key partner, Homes England.

Gavin Sutton, Senior Project Manager at PCH, said: “Filham Chase will be Plymouth Community Homes’ first project with Bloor Homes, and we are delighted with the standard of homes they have created. The properties will provide much needed affordable housing for the South Hams, in an idyllic location, very close to Dartmoor National Park.

“I hope that this is partnership just the beginning, and Bloor Homes and PCH will be able to work together on other schemes going forward.

“We would like to thank South Hams District Council for their support with the Section 106 planning requirement and Homes England for their grant funding support.”

Ken Allen, Group Director of Partnerships at Bloor Homes, said: “We have not worked with Plymouth Community Homes previously but have been very impressed with the way they have progressed matters and moved the opportunity quickly to contract.

“Bloor Homes have been building a strong portfolio of new home developments around Devon and Cornwall, through our regional office based in Exeter.  The site at Ivybridge is well underway and the first completed affordable homes on this phase are expected to hand over to Plymouth Community Homes in a few weeks’ time. We hope this new relationship will continue and enable us to work together again on other Bloor Homes sites in the region.”

The first affordable homes to be offered for rent or shared ownership sale through PCH will be available in early 2024.

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