Development work on track
WORK is well under way on a flagship eco housing development for Torbay families thanks to a £7.7million cash injection.
The homes at Beechfield, Barton, will be the first in the area to be built using highly sustainable eco-friendly building techniques, which will include solar-powered water heating systems, photovoltaic roof panels, enhanced insulation and rainwater harvesting.
The first residents expected to move in later this year.
The 144 new homes, being built by Sovereign Living on 4.6 acres of previously undeveloped land. The first show apartment opens on site on September 8.
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The scheme won the backing of the Homes and Communities Agency, the national housing and regeneration agency and has provided job and training opportunities for local people during construction.
Torbay Council donated the land below Barton Primary School and a grant of £700,000.
The homes will be available for a mixture of private owners, key workers, elderly people, the disabled, first-time buyers and part-owners.